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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 last year based on the news this past year regarding two pharmacy schools either losing their accreditation or facing the possibility of losing it. Let’s quickly discuss the two cases and how it could affect your pharmacy operation and business when you require or need a pharmacist in 2022 for relief or temporary staffing services.

Hampton University Loses Accreditation

At their Board of Directors meeting a year ago, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), announced that they had revoked the Hampton University School of Pharmacy’s accreditation. Additionally, 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 Registered Pharmacist (R. Ph.). or a Doctor of Pharmacy (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 any longer. 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

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama went under investigation for alleged widespread cheating by pharmacy students a year ago. Auburn University’s pharmacy program was ranked by the most recent U.S. News & World Report to be among the top twenty percent (20%) of pharmacy schools 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 to the student body at the pharmacy school, Dean Richard A. Hansen PhD stated that: “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 current problem of more relief and temporary pharmacist jobs than pharmacists available to fill them. Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 33+ years now, our experience is that there are far fewer pharmacists who choose to work extra jobs as relief anymore. 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) back 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 finding a relief pharmacist can be summed up quickly:

– What staffing agency should I call?
Many find that most 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 cliché that has become HCC’s tagline over the past 33+ 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 33+ 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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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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