Open Pharmacist Jobs and Positions Jacksonville Florida

Registered Florida Pharmacists are currently in high demand in the Jacksonville, Florida Metropolitan area. Jobs and positions for registered pharmacists who are licensed and certified to practice in the State of Florida have been on the rise due to the favorable economic atmosphere that the city has been experiencing over theses past several years. Jacksonville has almost a million residents and is actually the most populous city in Florida. As the center of Duval County, Jacksonville is also the largest city in the nation by total physical land area or other geographical considerations. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of almost two million total residents and it currently ranks as the fourth largest metropolitan area in Florida.

What Does this Mean for Florida Registered Pharmacists?

It is estimated that almost 20% or one-fifth of the nearly 4,000 pharmacies in Florida are located in the Jacksonville metropolitan area and the associated surrounding areas. Pharmacists are badly needed to fill the RPh jobs that are on the rise due to the explosive growth that the City of Jacksonville is currently experiencing. Ranked by Forbes magazine as the 36th best city for business and careers of all US cities, jobs are predicted to increase by slightly less than 4% a year in Jacksonville and its neighboring cities annually over the next five years or so. Known to be a national center for both the defense and transportation industries, the city is famous for the Port of Jacksonville and for its numerous military facilities. Jacksonville can boast that the city is the 3rd largest military and defense center of the United States with the Jacksonville, Mayport and Blount Island Naval Air Stations, plus the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay all in a short proximity geographically. Additionally, the city is known as a major tourist and visitor attraction and is world famous for its golf, sports (including the NFL team The Jacksonville Jaguars), fishing, dining and nightlife, and, of course, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area include cities such as Pointe Vedra, Neptune Beach, Sawgrass, Atlantic Beach, Orange Park, Mandarin, St. Johns and Palm Valley to name just a few. Additionally, add in the fact that the city is roughly only 25 miles from the State of Georgia and it all leads to numerous opportunities and jobs for qualified pharmacists looking for a new job or work experience.

There are estimated to be over 2,000 jobs in the Jacksonville, Florida area for pharmacists. These RPh positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. They include traditional independent community pharmacies, the large retail chain pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy businesses). Jobs for pharmacists are also commonly found in the Jacksonville metro area working for pharmaceutical manufacturers, large insurance companies, plus for medical software development firms.

Who Can Help You With Switching Pharmacist Jobs?

If you are a pharmacist seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC offers job seekers an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist pharmacists licensed to work in Florida to obtain a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the nation. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position or considering a career change, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path. We’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

 


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Tampa Florida Pharmacist Jobs

pharmacist in tampaThe Tampa Bay area located on the west coast of Florida is a great place to live and work for registered pharmacists. R. PH’s are currently in demand throughout the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metropolitan areas. Jobs and positions for registered pharmacists who are licensed to practice in Florida have been on the rise based on the economic growth seen throughout the entire west coast of Florida over the past several decades. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has made the demand and need for pharmacists in the Tampa Metropolitan area even greater than it’s ever been before. In fact just yesterday the Tampa Bay Times reported the following case increases and totals by counties in the area:
– Pinellas County added 10 new cases, bringing the total number of documented cases up to 687.
– Hillsborough County added 7 new cases, now totaling 1,048.
– Pasco County case totals are up to a total of 232.
– Hernando County totals equal 88 documented cases of COVID-19.
– Manatee County still has the most deaths in the region, holding steady at 43. Its caseload increased by 11, bringing total positive cases up to 508.
– Citrus County added 2 new positive cases, bringing Citrus County’s total up to 97.
– Polk County added 10 new cases, bringing its total cases up to 410.

The US Census Bureau defines the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metropolitan area to include Pinellas, Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, but additionally many media experts also include Sarasota, Polk, Citrus and Manatee counties when it comes to this thriving area of the west coast of Florida. The Tampa metropolitan area has a population of over 3 million residents and it currently ranks as the second largest metropolitan area in Florida.

What does this mean for Florida Registered Pharmacists?

It is estimated that almost 25% or one quarter of the almost 4,000 pharmacies currently operating in the State of Florida are located in the Tampa metropolitan area and its various surrounding cities and communities. Registered pharmacist jobs and positions are on the rise in this area located on Florida’s Gulf Coast due to the tremendous growth explosion that Tampa is experiencing. Over the past five years Tampa’s population has actually increased by almost 7%. Described by Best Places To Live as perhaps the “most balanced” Florida city, Tampa is famous for its sports teams (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB and the Tampa Lightning in the NHL), fishing, golf, beautiful beaches, and an exciting and diverse nightlife scene.

Employment opportunities and jobs in the Tampa Metropolitan area include the major cities such as Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Bradenton. However, there are numerous smaller surrounding cities searching for qualified pharmacists, such as Largo, Brandon, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, Seminole, Seffner, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Citrus Park, Hernando Beach, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island and New Port Richey to name just a few.

How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Tampa Area are there?

There are estimated to be a total of over 20,500 jobs for pharmacists in the entire State of Florida according to the latest available numbers released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (in their 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Report). Of these, estimates vary, but roughly there are around two-thousand jobs for pharmacists in the area. A search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website in the US) lists 78 open job positions for pharmacists available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Tampa Florida“. These open job positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. They include traditional retail community drug stores, retail chain pharmacies, hospital pharmacies (the Tampa Metro area actually has over 50 hospitals), institutional pharmacies, medical clinics and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, cancer pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies). Jobs for pharmacists are also found in the Tampa metropolitan area working for high-tech companies (Tampa is known as the gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor), pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical software development firms (Tampa ranks in the top 20 nationwide for medical device manufacturing). Although this may perhaps change in years to come due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available.

Are you a Registered Pharmacist looking for a new career or job opportunity in the Tampa, Florida area?

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing firm that has been matching qualified registered pharmacists in Florida to the right job and employer for over 31+ years now. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC offers job seekers an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist pharmacists licensed to work in Florida to obtain a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can place pharmacists in a variety of positions throughout the Tampa metropolitan area, including current available pharmacist job openings. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and we’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities may best match your skills, lifestyle and needs.


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Part Time Pharmacist Jobs Available Now

Part Time Jobs for PharmacistsCurrently there are numerous relief and temporary jobs available for pharmacists to work part time and earn some extra money. Everyone’s focused on the COVID-19 pandemic (and not without good reason!), but part time jobs and relief pharmacist positions have been getting harder to fill before the coronavirus was ever even a household word. The number of pharmacists who are willing to give up their spare/free time to generate some additional income by working part time jobs by filling in at pharmacies has been steadily decreasing for years now.

The AACP Survey Basically Sums Everything Up –

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, trends appeared that surprised the staffing “experts” regarding pharmacists working secondary and part time jobs for extra income. In particular was the fact that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job. A quarter of a century ago in the in the mid-1990’s, this number was estimated to be well over 15%. Only three or four years ago a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that approximately 13% of registered pharmacists worked a second job in the United States. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist in a second job was only estimated to be an additional six hours per week. This shows a significant decrease from the estimated ten – twelve hours a week that pharmacists commonly worked extra back in the 1990’s. The study noted that “a significant decrease regarding the number of pharmacists willing to work part-time positions was seen every year since 2009”.

Female pharmacists showed the larger decrease:
– Women decreased from around 30% down to less than 19% between 2009 and 2014 in regards to part time employment.
– Men decreased from around 18% down to 14% between 2009 -and 2014 working part time jobs.

Why the Decrease in Pharmacists Willing to Work Part Time Jobs?

Is the reason for the significant decrease in pharmacists working second jobs and part-time jobs due to a decline in the number of part time jobs available or simply that less pharmacists don’t want to do it (or need to do it)? We may never know. Yet let’s look at some contributing factors that we do know:

1. It may be important to note here that the “gender gap” regarding pharmacists working part time jobs may be shrinking due to the fact that the number of female pharmacists has significantly increased over the past several decades. Women pharmacists now actually outnumber their male counterparts on a national level (comprising for over 57% of the pharmacy workforce in the US). According to US News female pharmacists average higher student-loan debts than men upon graduation ($43,258 for female pharmacists versus $31,553 for male pharmacists). So although owing more than their male counterparts, female pharmacists are rapidly decreasing working second and part-time jobs. Which leads us to the increase in pharmacy salaries.
2. In the 1990’s the average salary for a pharmacist was about $50,000. Comparing that number to the average pharmacist’s salary of between $112,000 – $119,000 in 2016 and one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the decrease seen regarding pharmacists working second jobs and part time extra jobs is due to the lack of need for additional income. Even if we factor in the effect of inflation and the increased cost of living nationally, it is easy to see that the significant salary increases in pharmacy pay are a major contributor to less pharmacists needing to work second jobs.
3. Even if there was no significant fluctuation in the number of second jobs and part time positions available for pharmacists to work, there are definitely more pharmacists than ever before to fill the positions. Just looking at the number of pharmacy graduates annually may solve the “mystery” in why fewer pharmacists are working extra jobs: 8,108 pharmacy graduates in 2004 and 13,838 in 2014. Also consider that many pharmacists who may have retired at the “traditional” ages of 60 – 65 now continue to work until well within their 70’s.
4. Lastly is the fact that most of the available secondary jobs and part-time positions are found in the retail pharmacy settings such as chain stores and supermarkets. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, the trend towards hospital jobs and specialty settings may be making working in a retail position as a secondary job a less lucrative or less appealing scenario for many seeking extra income. The reverse can also be pointed out: perhaps most retail pharmacists lack the skill sets required to work a second job in a hospital or specialty pharmacy setting?

What Should You Do As a Pharmacist Wanting Part Time Work?

The solution for a pharmacist to increase his/her income is obviously to work part time as a relief RPh. At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have several part time Pharmacy jobs available right now. HCC Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to being a Pharmacy Staffing Agency & Firm, plus we’re known for being one of the finest “full service” pharmacy staffing companies in the US since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms for well over 31+ years now.

If you are a pharmacist looking for part time opportunities to earn more cash, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, feel free to contact us here at HCC by calling us now and taking a few minutes to introduce yourself and meet us. No matter the setting a pharmacist is looking to work in, HCC is known for our history of matching the right pharmacist to the right employer and job in every type of setting and situation. Owned and operated by pharmacists for over 31+ years now, HCC Pharmacy Staffing is also recognized as a national leader in the pharmacist recruitment, pharmacy placement, and direct hire areas too.

HCC has helped numerous pharmacists throughout the country find positions in the following ways:

– Temporary positions and part-time work –
Are you a pharmacist looking to make some additional income? Do you have extra time that you would like to commit to earning more money?

– Temporary to permanent placement –
Are you a pharmacist that wants to try a new job but doesn’t want to commit to a permanent position? Perhaps you want to experience a new work environment or a new geographical locale, but want to try it out first?

– Permanent placement –
Are you currently looking for a full-time permanent position?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then HCC offers a solution for you! With temporary staffing and placement opportunities in many states, HCC offers a diverse range of pharmacy positions to consider and options to choose from. These include available pharmacy jobs in compounding, institutional, mail-order, nursing home, as well as other specialty practices. Of course we have numerous positions to choose from in hospital pharmacy and retail pharmacy too!

If you are a pharmacist and would like to apply online, please take a moment now and fill out our online application, or call us now at 1-800-642-1652.

 


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Pharmacist Recruitment and Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 coronavirus pharmacy prescriptions pharmacist recruitmentThe COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in pharmacy recruitment activity taking place in the near future are two topics now being talked about in the same discussions that tie into our previous post over a week ago regarding the possibility of a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians throughout the United States. As we had pointed out back then, retail community pharmacists, technicians and the other ancillary pharmacy staff  are the most accessible healthcare workers that are available to the public at large. In most areas of the country, the community pharmacist is the most easily approachable of all possible healthcare providers and usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for patient engagement within our nation’s healthcare system. In fact, over ninety percent of all Americans reportedly live within five miles of a retail community pharmacy. This is especially true in many rural areas of our nation where a pharmacist may be the only healthcare provider that is immediately within the geographical reach of most patients and their family members. Not only dispensing prescriptions and supplying OTC medications and other medical supplies, pharmacists are now being called on to be a primary source of the latest critical information about the pandemic, plus to be a support for their community and neighbors across the USA.

What Is the Real Situation Pharmacists Face Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Taking a look at three recent news stories in just the past seventy-two hours will help answer this question: What’s the real situation that pharmacists are facing and dealing with caused by the onslaught of  the Coronavirus pandemic?

Shortages of “Everything” in New York City Pharmacies

Everyone around the nation is familiar with the shortages of commodities like toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizers that the impending arrival of the coronavirus initiated, but now in New York City, where the Coronavirus is hitting hardest, retail pharmacies are literally out of “everything”. Basic things such as thermometers, Tylenol, masks and gloves are out of stock and all on backorder for the next several months. As one NYC pharmacy owner said: “I never thought a pharmacy in the 21st century can run out of essentials, the most basic medications”. Additionally, most prescription medications and medical devices used to treat COVID-19 are also unavailable, on backorder, or in drastically short supply. The hope that using the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin would prove effective in fighting the virus is virtually nil when one considers that both drugs are unavailable and probably will remain that way for months to come.

In lieu of the shortages, pharmacists and their fellow pharmacy employees are fighting the pandemic on the “front lines” in New York City neighborhoods that have been hit the hardest by the Coronavirus. Even though most drugstores allow only limited pedestrian entry, or no entry at all to the public, pharmacists are actually working “around the clock”. As examples, in Queens, the New York Borough that so far has seen the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city, pharmacists are working all day with sick patients and a panicked community and then continuing on throughout the night getting prescriptions ready for the following day. As one New York City pharmacist stated: “The truth is we never close. We close the doors, but we don’t close the work.” Now in some of the hard hit areas, most pharmacy employees, worried about getting exposed to the coronavirus themselves, are no longer coming to work. Eventually the long, stressful hours, combined with the increased possibility of exposure to the virus, will catch up and pharmacists themselves will become victims of this dreadful pandemic.

Survey Shows Pharmacy Technicians Feel Unsafe and Scared During COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) released a survey on Friday (April 3rd, 2020) that was called “COVID-19: A Survey of Pharmacy Technicians”. The survey clearly showed that pharmacy technicians felt unsafe working in their pharmacy during this COVID-19 pandemic. The techs also felt that their employers were not doing enough regarding protecting the safety and well-being of the pharmacy staffs on duty. From the survey’s results that were released it was clear that most of the pharmacy techs felt unsafe, uninformed, not very protected, and also ill-equipped as a result of the lack of both support and resources from their employers. This was particularly true in the large chain stores, large retail and grocery store pharmacy operations. Community independent retail pharmacies and hospital pharmacies did much better on the survey.

The NPTA also reported (along with the survey) that they’ve been receiving numerous complaints from their technician membership about safety concerns. According to the NPTA, one of the nation’s largest Rx chains is prohibiting all pharmacy personnel from wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) at work, even if they supply it themselves, because it “looks unprofessional and they don’t want to alarm their customers”. The NPTA is demanding that all regulatory agencies and State Boards of Pharmacy immediately take action and require that all employers take immediate action and use all precautions possible in order to safeguard both the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are “serving on the frontline of this pandemic”. Otherwise these professionals will themselves get sick or stop showing up for work soon.

Rutgers University School of Pharmacy Accelerates Graduation

The Rutgers University School of Pharmacy announced that 25% of its final year pharmacy doctorate students will graduate early and be ready to help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time in US history that a pharmacy school will graduate students early in order to provide badly needed practitioners to work in a retail &/or hospital pharmacy setting. According to a press release by the University, Joseph Barone, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, stated that in New Jersey currently “we are starting to see pharmacy staffing issues across the state from increased demand and a workforce strained by personnel who have become sick, are quarantined or are caring for family. We expect continued impacts for the remainder of the year”.

Will Pharmacy Recruitment Activity Increase Around the US?

The result that one can forecast from all of these news stories is that in the near future the demand for pharmacists in certain geographic areas of the country will most likely overtake the supply available because of the  COVID-19 pandemic. This seems especially true in the top dozen afflicted states where the virus is rampant currently:
New York
New Jersey
Michigan
California
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Florida
Pennsylvania
Illinois
Washington
Texas
Georgia
Can the other states really be far behind? Most experts think not.

Who Can I Talk To At HCC About Pharmacist Recruitment?

The Pharmacy Recruitment Division  at HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is managed by Linton Creel, our Vice President of Professional Recruitment and Placement. Linton has extensive knowledge in the area of pharmacy recruitment and his duties include overseeing all aspects of permanent placement, direct hire and recruitment.  As a professional pharmacist recruiter, Linton serves as the liaison between the client and the qualified professionals to fill a pharmacy position resulting in the best possible candidate match possible for our clients. As a pharmacist recruiting expert, Linton takes the time necessary to build a solid relationship with you and learn about your business and your individual preferences and needs. This makes him uniquely qualified to help you locate the best possible candidates for your operation and company – now and in the future – and gives you immediate access to a broader, more talented pool of candidates than you would be able to reach on your own.
Click here to “meet” Linton and learn more about him.

In addition to staffing, recruitment, placement and direct hire of pharmacists, HCC additionally offers the finest pharmacy consulting services available throughout the USA. Customized Policy and Procedure Manuals (including 503A&B), audit and inspection preparation, pharmacy business efficiency reviews, and business management services are just a few of the consulting services that we have specialized in over 31+ years of serving our clients and their specific individual needs.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to discuss your needs. We are so confident you will be satisfied that we offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!


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Pharmacy Technician Jobs Available in Florida

Pharmacy Technician Staffing and ResponsibilitiesPharmacy technicians provide invaluable support to pharmacists throughout the State of Florida. Since 1989, HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing) has been placing certified, highly trained, professional pharmacy technicians throughout Florida (including the Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville areas). Currently statistics show that there are over 30,000 pharmacy technicians being employed in Florida with an average salary of over  $33,000 as of February 26, 2020 (but the average salary range typically falls between $29,980 and $37,085 annually). For complete information regarding becoming a registered pharmacy technician in Florida and their tasks performed, please click here.

Looking for Qualified Registered Pharmacy Tech(s) in Florida?

Whether they are needed to help expedite prescriptions, count, mix, pour, weigh, retrieve, or measure medications, they offer experience to serve your needs and help with your pharmacy business and patients. As you may already have done business with HCC in helping you meet your needs with part time relief and full time pharmacist staffing, you can count on us for outstanding customer service and to deliver the best technician candidates available to fill your pharmacy technician staffing needs. Please note that we deal exclusively with technician placement only in the State of Florida. Additionally, here at HCC our pharmacist relief and temporary staffing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable temp and relief pharmacists for you in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama

Additionally, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire of pharmacists throughout the entire USA (in all fifty states) since 1989. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 31+ years now, as HCC deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation and setting. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical, institutional, compounding, mail-order and all types of specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

If you are a pharmacy located in Florida and are in need of hiring qualified registered technicians for your pharmacy operation or business, please contact us online now, or simply call us now at 1-800-642-1652. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away to assist you in finding the right technician to best meet your unique pharmacies’ needs and fill your position. As with our pharmacist staffing services, HCC offers the same satisfaction guarantee for technician recruitment that we 0ffer with our pharmacist staffing services!

Looking for a New Job as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in Florida?

If you are a licensed and registered pharmacy technician in Florida looking for a new opportunity or job, we strongly suggest you contact us today. HCC can place you in a variety of pharmacy types throughout Florida (including retail, hospital, institutional, specialty, compounding, mail-order, clinical and other pharmacy settings and operation types). We currently are looking to place certified pharmacy techs in the Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville Florida areas. Most of these job opportunities are full-time (40 hours per work) positions for at least the next year. Call us now at 800-642-1652, or click here NOW to apply online and to provide us with your availability. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away with additional information and will assist you in finding the right employment opportunity to best meet your needs and lifestyle.

 


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Coronavirus Could Result In Pharmacy Staffing Shortages

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptions
There’s been a lot of discussion the past few days regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the possibility of it leading to a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on a national level. Everyone knows how inconvenient the shortages of necessary commodities such as toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer are, but a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy workers would be have disastrous effects. With the coronavirus spreading so rapidly and now reported in all fifty states, pharmacists have demonstrated over the past several weeks that they are truly on “the frontlines” of the pandemic and that all pharmacy workers are playing a vitally important role in attempting to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Retail community pharmacists and their pharmacy co-workers have all been working long extended hours under stressful conditions and, as everyone knows, they are the most accessible health care workers available to the general public. In most cities, towns and communities across the nation, the pharmacist is the most easily accessible healthcare provider and usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for a patient engaging with the US healthcare system. In fact, over ninety percent of all Americans reportedly live within five miles of a retail community pharmacy. This is especially true in many rural areas of our nation and in communities that experience shortages of doctors and physicians. In those areas in particular, a pharmacist may be the only healthcare provider that is immediately within reach of many patients and their family members. Not only providing medications, prescriptions and medical supplies, pharmacists are being called on to be a source of the latest critical information and to be a support for the general public at large across the country.

The ASHP Says That Pharmacists Should Do More?

Both the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and the The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) called upon the US Federal government and all of the state governments last week to officially recognize pharmacists and their supporting pharmacy staff members as “front-line providers” during the coronavirus pandemic that we are facing. In fact, the ASHP just published their Pharmacy Readiness for Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) – Recommendations for State Policymakers. The ASHP stresses that the change must come at the state level, as each state is really autonomous in their actions on this no matter what the US Federal government chooses to do.

Although the ASHP builds a very strong case to allow pharmacists to provide expanded functions, the basis of their recommendations revolve around state lawmakers taking the following five (5) steps to ensure that pharmacists in their areas and communities are empowered to effectively support the prevention and response efforts for outbreaks such as the current coronavirus crises poses (COVID-19):
• That pharmacists are authorized to order and administer immunizations for prevention of infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to order point-of-care testing for infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to initiate time-sensitive therapies, such as antivirals.
• That pharmacists are reimbursed for direct patient care services related the to prevention and treatment
of infectious diseases.
• Involve pharmacists in emergency response planning and coordination efforts as being designated “front-line providers”.

Doesn’t the Coronavirus Place Pharmacists at Risk?

What the ASHP recommendations really revolve around is that each state’s lawmakers needs to evaluate their state’s laws and emergency plans to make sure that pharmacists practicing in all settings (retail community drugstores, hospitals, clinics, hospice settings, specialty pharmacies, physician offices, and our countries’ uniformed services) are able to effectively support the COVID-19 response and are essentially trained in such practices already. However, many note that while pharmacists and pharmacy workers are doing all of this to ensure that the general public has access to their medications and their necessary medical supplies, they too face the very real dangers of being exposed to COVID-19 infection themselves. Pharmacy employees are designated as “essential workers” and must be protected in order to continue doing their part in this crises!

Now we get the news that a pharmacy technician in the San Diego, California area died several days ago (March 25th of 2020) after contracting the coronavirus. The 25 year old pharmacy tech reportedly had no underlying health conditions or issues. According to the Riverside County health officials, the young man was exposed to COVID-19 and was in self quarantine in La Quinta when he passed away. The 8 deaths reported previously in Riverside County had all been in patients that were older than seventy and who had underlying health conditions or problems before contracting the virus. This shows that the COVID-19 infection can be deadly to anyone, regardless of age and health.

Contact a Pharmacy Staffing Firm and be Prepared

Although step are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of pharmacists and their staffs from exposure to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to have a plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

Choosing the pharmacy staffing firm that best suits your potential requirements and needs is essential. Choose a firm that’s not too small as to be geographically constrained and has a limited number of available pharmacists that meet your business’s needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation it’s important that the staffing agency you partner with is not too large itself and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yours.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeast is HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing). Our pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama
Our proprietary online system allows HCC to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during emergency times as these. HCC also ensures that our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also have and maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Orlando and Central Florida Pharmacist Jobs 

New Pharmacy jobs and pharmacist jobsRegistered Pharmacist jobs and positions (R. Ph.) are currently on the rise throughout the Orlando and Central Florida metropolitan area. Licensed pharmacists are currently in demand due to the immense population explosion that is occurring in the Orlando area. With Orlando being the second fastest growing city in the United States according to Forbes Magazine, job opportunities for all medical professionals are rising exponentially. In addition is the fact that new statistics have shown that in 2016 alone Orlando actually grew faster than any of the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the entire nation. More pharmacies have been started and opened in Orlando and its surrounding communities than ever before, resulting in an a rapidly expanding job market. According to the Forbes article, not only will the population growth in Orlando during 2020 actually exceed the growth seen in any previous years, but the projected job growth is estimated to exceed 3.5%. Additionally, the projected GMP growth in Central Florida will increase to over 6% in 2020 (as compared to slightly less than 4% in 2019). Lastly, with a projected salary and wage increase of an estimated 8.2%, Orlando and the Central Florida metropolitan area will become the #1 fastest growing city in the nation this year.

What Does this Mean for Registered Pharmacist Jobs?

It is estimated that almost 20% or one-fifth of the nearly 4,000 pharmacies in Florida are located in the Central Florida metropolitan and surrounding areas. Central Florida is also known as the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Area and is synonymous with Disney World of course. With a population of over two and a half million people, it is much more than just a tourist attraction. Along with Disney’s Magic Kingdom, International Drive, Universal Studios and SeaWorld are the Central Florida colleges and universities (UCF being the 2nd largest university in the nation with over 64,000 students), the rich cultural environment (the new Dr. Phillips Center being a great example) and the major sport teams (the Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer) that make Orlando such a vibrant city to live in.

When referencing employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Orlando and the Central Florida area, included are many notable cities such as Kissimmee, Sanford, Winter Park, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Maitland and Lakeland. Yet the Orlando area also includes numerous additional smaller cities like Heathrow, Taft, Apopka, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Mount Dora, Oviedo, Longwood, Pine Castle and Eatonville to name just a few. In all of these cities exist opportunities and jobs for qualified licensed Registered Pharmacists (plus Florida Certified Registered Technicians and CPhT’s).

How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Orlando Area are there?

There are estimated to be a total of over 20,500 jobs for pharmacists in Florida according to the latest available numbers released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (in their 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Report). A search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website) lists 395 open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Central Florida”. These pharmacist open job positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. This includes the traditional independent retail community pharmacies and retail chain pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy businesses).  Although this may perhaps change in years to come due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available.

Are you a Pharmacist looking for a new opportunity in the Orlando or Central Florida area?

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technician candidates in Florida to the right job and employer for over 31+ years now. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist registered pharmacists to find a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and we’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

Who Can Help You With Finding the RIGHT Pharmacist Job?

If you are seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the country. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position in the Orlando and Central Florida area (or considering a career change), we urge you to talk with us. With both temporary and permanent placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path in Central Florida.


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Emergency Pharmacist Positions and the Coronavirus

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptionsThe coronavirus has dominated the news recently and is the singular topic of discussion for the vast majority of people across the country for obvious reasons. Yet, until recently, the pharmacy profession had received very little public attention as it relates to the rapid spread of the virus in the United States and the precautions that are being taken publicly in our nation’s efforts to slow the coronavirus down. Now, however, several steps taken recently by numerous retail community pharmacies nationwide are placing the danger that many retail pharmacists are facing into the media “spotlight” when it comes to pharmacists and other ancillary pharmacy personnel being “front-line providers” for the public during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Is Curbside Only Prescription Service In The Near Future?

Many community pharmacies are now offering only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff as a means of protecting pharmacists and pharmacy personnel from exposure to the virus. Pharmacists have always been what’s been termed “easy access health professionals”, being physically accessible to the public at large in a business that is essentially location based and welcomes customers into their retail stores and locations to get their prescriptions filled and shop for various items like over-the-counter medications and remedies.
Here are just a few examples of the new curbside only prescription pickup and dropoff service that were featured in the news in just the past few days:
– In Omaha, Nebraska, customers of a local community pharmacy are no longer allowed inside the store to pick up or drop off their prescriptions. Stopping their customers at the door, no public traffic at all is allowed to enter Kubat’s Pharmacy. They offer patients the additional options of delivery service or mailing the Rx’s out, but if the patient insists on coming to the pharmacy, they simply won’t let them come inside. Instead, in an effort at keeping the staff safe from the threat of coronavirus exposure, the transaction is made right in the doorway of the pharmacy.
– In Colorado, the Good Day Pharmacies located in both Longmont and Loveland now offer customers only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff, along with the additional option of delivery service. Good Day management said that their retail operations want to do their part to help prevent the virus from spreading and they’re hoping that their “customer free stores” will help in doing just that.
– Just yesterday this curbside prescription pickup and delivery spread to a Health Center in Florence, South Carolina. McLeod Choice Pharmacy is the outpatient pharmacy at McLeod Health and began curbside pickup and delivery of prescriptions to patients. With designated parking spaces right outside the pharmacy, runners are stationed out in front of the pharmacy, taking prescriptions from patients and dropping off the prescriptions to the customer’s car when ready. In addition to filling just prescriptions, the employees and patients can give the runner a list of over-the-counter medications and they will do the shopping for them and take it all back to the car as well. Starting yesterday at about noon, the pharmacy serviced an estimated 120 customers by the time they closed their doors at 7 PM EST.

This curbside service is how customers are now goding to be “forced” to drop-off and pick up their prescriptions, OTC medicines and other items at community pharmacies all across the United States according to numerous industry experts. This change comes about in an effort to both slow down the rapid advance of the coronavirus, plus help protect the pharmacists and pharmacy personnel as “front-line providers” from getting the virus during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies Like the Coronavirus

The need for temporary and relief pharmacists during emergency situations like the one that our nation is currently facing is nothing new. Numerous potential lethal scenarios and emergency situations can and do occur – those times when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of such critical importance to a community. Potentially saving the lives of one’s own family, friends and neighbors, plus perhaps even helping to save the lives of complete strangers in dangerous times such as these, makes being an emergency relief pharmacist such a gratifying and rewarding job opportunity. In smaller rural areas with no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up” support, emergencies such as the one we now face dealing with the coronavirus can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community .

Choose an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Firm

As these new and somewhat drastic precautions are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of retail pharmacists and ancillary personnel such as pharmacy technicians from being exposed to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to get an emergency relief plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation or business, then it’s important that the staffing firm you select to partner with is not too large and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yourself.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeastern part of the US is Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Relief Pharmacist Jobs

Emergency Relief Pharmacist StaffingYears ago the term “relief pharmacy jobs” was a term that one never really heard very frequently. In the not too distant past, if a pharmacist was ill, went on a vacation, or simply needed time off for an unscheduled absence (such as a death in their family), his or her co-workers simply worked overtime to cover their shifts. This scenario has definitely changed in the last decade. Now many times it can be a major challenge for a pharmacy owner to get a temporary pharmacist to work relief in certain instances to staff their store. This is even more critical for pharmacy owners in smaller towns and rural areas where there are far fewer pharmacists. With very few pharmacists to rely on for relief, a pharmacy can be faced with a situation where it can not even up its doors for business. To deal with potential crisis situations that can occur, a pharmacy owner must learn to be pro-active versus reactive, plus avoid the temptation of hoping that it simply will never happen to them!

Why It’s Harder to Fill Relief Pharmacy Jobs

There are several reasons that finding a temporary relief pharmacist has become difficult. Plus why this trend will continue to escalate. Let’s take a quick look at just a few:

– The tremendous increase in RPh salaries:
The average pharmacist in the United States makes approximately $120,000 a year according to statistics from the US Department of Labor. Many of us older pharmacists can still remember when salaries were roughly a third of this. In 1980 for example, $20 per hour was the norm, as compared to the $60+ per hour rates that are seen now. What this means is that the average pharmacist makes a pretty substantial living and simply isn’t as interested in working overtime for more money than in the past. Plus if the projections regarding salaries continuing to steadily increase for the next five or more years, the problem of finding relief and temporary pharmacists will obviously also continue to increase.

– Less pharmacists available for temp work:
The AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) released a study way back in 2014 (named the National Pharmacist Workforce Study) that showed that as few as eight percent (8%) of pharmacists worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Compare that to 1990, when approximately fifteen percent (15%) of all pharmacists worked second jobs. The study also revealed that pharmacists now average only 6 hours per week working as relief, as compared to the 10 – 12 hours extra per week seen back in 1990. The study also noted that a significant decrease has been seen every year since 2009 in the number of available pharmacists who were even willing to work temp or relief jobs. This trend can only continue and results in a decreased number of pharmacists to choose from should a relief situation arise in your business operation.

Advantages of Using a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

The use of a pharmacy staffing agency is the best solution available today for a pharmacy owner when it comes to filling relief pharmacist jobs that they have open. Staffing agencies offer qualified and dependable temporary and relief pharmacists to work in many areas and locales. This also includes registered pharmacy technician staffing and CPhT relief staffing. The right agency equates to having a pool of qualified pharmacists or pharmacy techs available and ready to work when needed.

When objectively considering using a pharmacy staffing agency, the following advantages are worth noting:
– Most agencies will perform the necessary license and reference verifications, plus do a criminal background check on the pharmacists and technicians that they employ. The right agency can also provide drug screening and competency testing, along with all the other pre-employment documentation.
– The agency takes care of all the hiring expenses. They do the advertising and recruiting for every pharmacist and tech. Not only is job advertising money saved, but valuable time is saved by not having to review resumes and then interview potential job candidates.
– The agency takes care of processing all payroll and tax reporting, resulting in lowered accounting expenses for the pharmacy.
– Insurance and Workman’s Comp are taken care of by the staffing agency.
– Payroll taxes are not applicable using an agency.
– No overtime expenses to existing staff are incurred.

Choosing a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

When choosing a pharmacy staffing agency, finding one that you can consider a “partner” is crucially important. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically restricted and thus have a limited number of viable candidates that can meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and is not service oriented when it comes to servicing the immediate needs that you may have.

The perfect choice in the Southeastern region of the USA is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and maintains one of the largest active pools of temp pharmacists in the nation. This allows us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief and ensures that all of our pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your relief staffing needs for pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with our pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relationship with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you have need of a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an in-house HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!

 

 

 

 

 


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Need Relief or Temporary Pharmacist

Emergency Relief and Temporary Pharmacist StaffingThe issue of getting qualified relief or temporary pharmacist staffing when you suddenly need a pharmacist became an even larger one based on the news the past several weeks regarding two pharmacy schools either losing their accreditation or facing the possibility of losing it. Let’s quickly discuss the two cases receiving all of this media attention that’s focused on them and how it could affect your pharmacy operation and business when you require or need a pharmacist in the future.

Hampton University Loses Accreditation

At their Board of Directors meeting in January of 2020, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), announced that they had revoked the Hampton University School of Pharmacy’s accreditation. Interestly, the school’s Pharm.D.(doctor of pharmacy) program had been placed on probation all the way back in July of 2017. The Board cited that two of its primary educational standards, “progression & educational outcomes”, had not been met by the educational institution.

State laws requires all pharmacists to graduate from an ACPE-accredited school in order to work as a R.Ph. or Pharm.D. The ACPE did allow Hampton University to implement a plan that lets currently enrolled students switch schools and thus graduate from an accredited program. But after the class of 2023, graduates won’t have degrees from an accredited pharmacy college or school. It should be noted that the Hampton University pharmacy program is currently placed on “probationary status” while it appeals the ACPE revocation of their accreditation.

Auburn University Cheating Investigation Underway

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama is under investigation for alleged widespread cheating by pharmacy students. Auburn University’s pharmacy program was ranked by the most recent U.S. News & World Report to be among the top twenty percent (20%) in the nation, offering students both Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, as well as graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In an email last week to the student body at the pharmacy school, Dean Richard A. Hansen PhD stated that: “Last week we learned of potentially widespread cheating among our P1-P3 students. We are still gathering information, but I wanted everyone to be aware of the issue, the actions we are taking, and our anticipated timeline. After gathering some initial data, I addressed each of the P1 – P3 classes and offered leniency for those that voluntarily came forward. Since this time, we have met with a number of students that have revealed their actions and identified others that were involved. This continues to unfold as we uncover new people involved”.
Although some students may have voluntarily come forward and cooperated with the investigators, it’s anticipated that students who did not turn themselves in will face further sanctions or even potential dismissal from the pharmacy school’s program.

Fewer Pharmacist To Choose From?

The two examples cited above can only add to the problem of more relief and temporary pharmacist jobs than pharmacists available to fill them. Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 31+ years now, our experience is that there are far fewer pharmacists who choose to work extra jobs as relief. The same is true of those that choose to work only in temporary pharmacy staffing positions.

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, statistics revealed that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Back in the 1990’s this number was estimated to be around 15%. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist as relief was an estimated six hours weekly. This represents a significant decrease from the estimated 10 – 12 hours that pharmacists “moon lighted” back in the 1990’s. The study noted that a significant decrease regarding available pharmacists working part-time or as relief was seen every year since 2009. One can only see this trend continuing, leading to a smaller pool of pharmacists to choose from should you need them.

What Are the Issues of Finding Pharmacy Relief Services?

The issues involved that one should think about in the finding a relief pharmacist can be summed up quickly:

– What staffing agency should I call?
Many find that the pharmacy staffing agencies are either very small or very large when needing one. The smaller ones have very limited resources, while the larger ones are harder to do business with as a new client (as they are focused primarily on satisfying their existing regular and mostly larger clients first).

– Do they have experienced and dependable Pharmacists to send for relief services?
Many pharmacy staffing agencies have a very limited pool of candidates to choose from. Being limited geographically may mean that their available resources are already being utilized, or that the pharmacists that they can offer may not be dependable. What could be worse than expecting some peace of mind while dealing with a personal emergency situation and getting a call that the temporary pharmacist was a “no show” that day?

– Quality choices that meet your specific needs are a major concern.
If you are operating any type of specialty pharmacy (compounding, IV infusion, oncology, mail order, etc.) you may realize that not just any relief pharmacist can walk in and function in your environment. This may be true in many retail community pharmacy environments also. Even with experience, is the pharmacist of the quality and possess the required experience and skills that you (and your patients) expect?

– Pricing and costs are always a consideration!
A major factor in choosing a pharmacy staffing agency to meet your relief needs is obviously the cost. In certain instances the pricing may be a secondary issue, but let’s be realistic: Price is always an issue. When it comes to supply and demand, an agency with few available candidates will charge more. Travel charges may also be added on that will inflate the cost of the fill-in pharmacist. Also keep in mind that in the 1990’s the average salary for a pharmacist was about $50,000. Comparing that number to the average pharmacist’s salary of between $112,000 – $119,000 in 2016, one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the cost of a relief or temp pharmacist prohibits a pharmacy owner from ever going on a vacation or having an emergency!

– Seasonality is sometimes a major concern when getting pharmacy relief for your business.
In many cases seasonality will affect both the availability and the price. High demand during certain times of the year are a normal factor on both pharmacist selection and cost. Holidays are a great example. How many qualified pharmacists want to actually spend the major holidays working? Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer pharmacists will give up their precious “free time” than ever before.

Being Prepared Versus Reactive

To avoid future problems when looking for a relief pharmacist and for available qualified pharmacists to meet any temporary needs you may have that arise, one must embrace the following adage that most major companies have learned over time: Hiring is an ongoing process not event. Another way of saying it is be prepared. Here at HCC Pharmacy Staffing we have been actively “preaching” to both clients and potential clients to be pro-active when it comes to the issue of getting a dependable and qualified relief pharmacist in place for when the need arises. Yet the reality is that the majority of pharmacy owners are reactive and not prepared when the time comes. The old cliche that has become HCC’s tagline over the past 30+ years is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! This certainly applies to getting an experienced and dependable temporary pharmacist quickly when the situation requires one.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!


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