Pharmacists are increasingly switching from retail to hospital pharmacy settings over the past five to ten years according to both the US Department of Labor statistics and numerous industry experts. With the COVID-19 pandemic still currently raging out of control in the United States, a the forecast of “doom and gloom” that’s projecting a very scary winter season this year for the pandemic, many healthcare professionals are “calling it quits” or switching to less stressful jobs according to a new article released by the New York Times yesterday.
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Many healthcare workers are simply calling it quits. As an example, thousands of medical offices and practices have closed during the pandemic, according to a survey released by the non-profit group known as the Physicians Foundation. In a July survey of approximately thirty-five hundred US physicians, eight percent of the doctors reported closing their offices already. An additional four percent responded to the survey saying that they planned to shut their practices down within the next six to twelve months.
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Switching From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy
Many retail pharmacists have already switched to hospital pharmacy jobs recently. Hospital pharmacists decades ago were paid salaries that were lower compared to salaries for retail, community , independent and chain store pharmacists. Now studies show that the reverse of this is true. Taking into consideration longevity of being in a position, geographical considerations and the nature of the pharmacy position and duties being performed by the pharmacist on staff, hospital pharmacy salaries now surpass those of most retail positions. Additionally, hospital pharmacies offer a wide range of possibilities for advancement that cannot be found in most community retail pharmacy environments.
Tips for Transitioning to Hospital Pharmacy From Retail
A “quick” list of some tips and things that a pharmacist should consider before making the Retail to Hospital Pharmacist transition include:
- Hospital Pharmacy is a “fast paced environment”. It may not be the slow paced environment that many of us remember from the “old days”.
- Although you may not have to deal with “difficult” customers, keep in mind that doctors and nurses can also sometimes be difficult to deal with.
- Compounding medications is a skill that is taxing on an individual. Many pharmacists do not realize the physical nature of mixing injectables in a Laminar Flow Hood. Pharmacists with back problems may find this a major negative.
- The hours can be a negative (especially if you are the “newbie” and hired for the infamous “graveyard shift”). Hospitals never close, even on holidays. That means 24/7/365!
- Keeping up on your clinical knowledge is a must! Changes in hospital pharmacy occur more quickly than elsewhere. It is essential that the hospital pharmacist continuously read clinical journals and articles on a regular basis.
Who Can Help You Switch From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy?
If you are seriously considering making the change from retail or community pharmacy to hospital Pharmacy, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known as a full service Pharmacy staffing company 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 nation’s most successful and respected Pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years now. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.