How to Improve the Patient-Pharmacist Relationship

The patient-pharmacist relationship should be more than just dropping off and picking up prescriptions. Back in the day, everyone knew their local pharmacist and, in turn, they knew their patients by name. While that level of professional familiarity still exists in certain areas, there are always ways to personalize and improve the patient-pharmacist relationship to make it more than just a transactional encounter.

Prioritize Clear Communication

When you’re a pharmacist, having extensive medical knowledge is important. However, it is just as important to be a good communicator. Your patients need to feel like they can ask you questions and will receive answers that they can understand. Therefore, a pharmacist looking to improve their workplace relationships should continuously evaluate their communication skills to see if they are truly serving their patients. This could mean hiring bi-lingual employees to more effectively communicate to patients in your area. 

Be Present and Check In

Part of why the pharmacist-patient relationship has become so transactional is because most interactions between pharmacists and patients are transactional in nature. If you want to improve your relationship with patients, be more present when they are there and check in with them from time to time to make sure that they aren’t having any issues with their medications. Be sure to ask them how they are doing, and try to place names to faces if you can. Strike up a conversation, or wish them a happy holiday or happy birthday. Just make sure your conversations are about more than their medication. 

Be Available

Part of being present is also being available. All too often, pharmacists can become too busy doing other things to interact with their patients. However, there is no chance to build a relationship if you are more preoccupied on the minutiae of work to acknowledge your patient. So, when patients walk in, be sure that you take the time to say hello, answer questions, and offer a friendly smile. 

Get Support for Your Pharmacy Career 

If you’re looking to become a pharmacist who makes an impact and improves the lives of your patients, then connect with the professionals at HealthCare Support. 

A premiere, national staffing resource for the healthcare industry, HealthCare Support helps talented healthcare professionals get to where they want to be in their careers. Our team uses customized staffing solutions to connect you with a vast network of healthcare industry positions. 

To take your healthcare career to the next level, call HealthCare Support at 888-219-6285 today.

Recent Changes to Pharmacist Revalidation Requirements

In October 2022, the General Pharmaceutical Council’s changes to the pharmacist revalidation requirements went into effect. Here is what pharmacists need to know about the new changes. 

Required Revalidation Records 

The required records and documents that you must now submit for revalidation include: 

  • 4 CPD Entries – It is required that a minimum of two CPD entries are planned learning activities. 
  • One Reflective Account – While there is no required word count for this document, examples tend to be at least 400 words. 
  • One Peer Discussion – Similarly, successful peer discussions contain about 400 words. 

Before drafting your documents, it is recommended that you research successful examples available on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s website. 

Current Pharmacist Standards

There are three standards that you must be aware of in regard to the new revisions. Standards one, two, and five are listed as follows: 

  1. Pharmacy professionals must provide person-centered care. 
  2. Pharmacy professionals must work in partnership with others. 
  3. Pharmacy professionals must use their professional judgment. 

Potential Consequences of Revalidation  

It is important to be aware of the consequences that could occur if you fail to submit the above listed information. Potential consequences include entering the process of remediation and administrative removal from the register. Furthermore, if you are invalidated and would like to be restored to valid status, you will be required to pay an additional fee that can total hundreds of dollars. Thus, it is best to submit all that is required in a timely manner to ensure you stay up to date. 

Stay Updated with HealthCare Support 

When you’re ready to take the next step in your pharmacy career, the experts at HealthCare Support can help. HealthCare Support is a national staffing resource for hardworking professionals in the healthcare industry. Whether you’re looking to take the next step in your career or just want a short-term job, our experts will help connect you with our vast professional network to figure out the right move for you. 

For more information on our open services and jobs, please give HealthCare Support a call at 888-219-6285 today.

How to Transform the Workplace Culture at Your Pharmacy Job

Pharmacists are among the most relied-upon individuals in the field of healthcare. This is, perhaps, one of the many reasons why pharmacists often report high levels of work-related stress. In order to avoid the risk of burnout, it is important to maintain a healthy workplace culture. 

Here are some ways to transform the culture at your pharmacy job into a healthy and productive environment that will benefit you, your fellow pharmacists, and your patients. 

Encourage Open Communication 

As with all aspects of life, good communication is key for harmony and productivity in the workplace. It is also an important aspect of maintaining a healthy atmosphere at your pharmacy. Conversely, lack of quality communication is known to cause significant amounts of stress at work. Therefore, encourage your staff to speak their mind to ensure they have a voice to address any issues or critiques that could improve day-to-day functionality. 

Check-In Often with Coworkers

Listening is the most important form of communication. You can take strides in improving your workplace culture by checking in with coworkers from time to time and gauging their mental well-being. You can’t expect employees, especially new ones, to feel comfortable speaking up amongst employers or coworkers that they haven’t built relationships with yet. Being the one to open the door can make a huge impact with both new and seasoned employees, as not everyone is confident enough to approach others and start conversations.

Celebrate Accomplishments 

Another aspect of a healthy workplace culture is celebrating achievements, both big and small. These celebrations don’t have to be extravagant; simply offering an employee or coworker words of praise is enough to brighten their day and uplift the mood of your pharmacy. Furthermore, by taking this seemingly small step, your employees will take greater pride in their work. 

Get Support from HealthCare Support 

If you’re looking to find a pharmacy workplace that will nurture your growth as a pharmacist, it’s time to call HealthCare Support. 

HealthCare Support is a premiere, national staffing resource for healthcare professionals. Through the use of our vast professional network and extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry, our team helps hardworking individuals discover the next step in their healthcare career. 

For more information on our open jobs and services, call HealthCare Support at 888-219-6285 today.

Celebrating National Pharmacist Day

Each year on January 12, National Pharmacist Day allows us the opportunity to celebrate all of the amazing, hardworking pharmacists in our lives. As such a huge pillar of the medical field, pharmacists deserve the ultimate praise and celebration on National Pharmacist Day and everyday.

The History of Pharmacists

The field of pharmacy dates back several centuries in human history. The first pharmaceutical drug reference book dates back to 1618. However, there is some evidence of detailed Egyptian pharmaceutical records written on Papyrus. 

We also have pharmacists to thank for some of the world’s most popular sodas. Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John S. Pemberton in 1886, and Dr. Pepper was invented by Charles Alderton, a Waco, Texas pharmacist in 1885. So, Dr. Pepper really was a doctor! 

Pharmacists really are the jack-of-all-trades.

The Importance of Pharmacists

While pharmacists are most commonly known as those healthcare workers who fill and hand out prescriptions at grocery stores or drive-through pharmacy windows, they are actually just as involved in other aspects of the medical field. In fact, the field of pharmacy is an ever-growing collective of intelligent and inspiring healthcare professionals working at hospitals, special pharmacies, and clinics. 

Why Pharmacists Become Pharmacists

It takes a special kind of person to work in the field of pharmacy. Whether it’s the paycheck, the connection with customers, or the work environment, the factors that draw professionals toward a career in pharmacy are varied. But, above all, pharmacists have a passionate need to help others feel better. 

Of course, all reasons are valid and celebrated, as they are causing the pharmacy industry to grow and flourish across the country. 

Are You Ready to  Become a Celebrated Pharmacist?

If you feel ready to join the ranks of other inspired and passionate pharmacists, let us show you the way. 

At HealthCare Support, our dedicated and hardworking team is connected to a vast network of professionals who are all committed to finding the perfect job for you. To learn more about our open jobs and services, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Common Myths About Pharmacists

Like any healthcare path, a pharmacy career can be a bit daunting to jump into. Therefore, to ease your mind, we’d like to bust some common myths you may hear about working in the field of pharmacy.

Myth 1: Pharmacists Spend Their Whole Workday Counting Pills

Yes, the precise counting of pills is a very important part of any pharmacist’s job. However, the assumption that it’s a pharmacist’s only job is quite inaccurate. Here are some other main duties of a pharmacist, just to name a few:

  • Being the medication authority on any healthcare team
  • Advising pharmaceutical companies with their vast research
  • Giving physicians expert tips on prescriptions 
  • Teaching and training future pharmacists

Myth 2: Doctors Can’t be Pharmacists

This myth is wrong because you actually have to be a doctor to be a pharmacist. To practice pharmacy, you must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. While a medical doctorate requires much more education than a pharmacy degree, a pharmacist should still be respected as a doctor.

Myth 3: Students Must Earn a Bachelor’s Degree Before Going to Pharmacy School

Although most PharmD students have completed at least two years of college, the pathways to earning a PharmD are more vast than simply following the common Bachelor’s degree-to-pharmacy school route. Before applying to pharmacy school, it’s necessary for  prospective PharmD students to review each college’s requirements.

Myth 4: You Must Be a Chemistry Major to Attend Pharmacy School

The differing majors of PharmD students extend well beyond chemistry. In fact, biology majors make up around 20% of PharmD students, while nearly 70% were a broad mix of majors, from English studies to business, so you don’t have to start with a focus in a medical field to end in one. Ultimately, students of all backgrounds of study are welcomed and invited to explore their interests in a pharmacy career.

With the above myths officially busted, hopefully you now feel more informed and assured on how diverse and interesting a career in the pharmacy industry can be. 

Map Your Path to Becoming a Pharmacist

Let HealthCare Support help you enter the field of pharmacy. Our talented and  passionate healthcare professionals can navigate you toward the perfect job and long-term career. To learn more about our open jobs and services, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Tips for Starting a New Pharmacy Career

A new job is an exciting fresh start, but, for most, the excitement comes with some tension. Whether you’re a fresh graduate new to the field or an experienced pharmacist embarking on your next chapter, your position in a new work environment will require adjustments.  

Here are a few tips to help you get started in the right direction at your new pharmacy job.

  1. Introduce Yourself

Introducing yourself to your new coworkers may not be the first thing on your mind amid all the commotion of your first day at a new job. However, taking the time to make an impression and learn a few names around the office will give you a head start toward becoming familiar with, and respected by,  your new coworkers.

Approach your closer-contact coworkers first and introduce yourself to them. Tips for initial success include keeping the conversations light, making sure not to overshare,  and avoiding discussing non-work-related topics. 

  1. Learn the Culture of the Office

It may feel easy to talk about your past job with your new coworkers, but learning about how things work in your new space will benefit you more in your first few weeks. Try to engage in conversations with your new coworkers to learn about the workflow dynamics at your new office, as well as their personal job experiences. As a more informed employee, you can better contribute toward making your office more productive and efficient. 

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

You must be confident when working as a pharmacist because there’s no room for error when dealing with someone’s health. However, company policies, procedures, and protocols will all likely differ from your last job. The best way to gain confidence is by asking questions and having your employer clarify what best practices you should follow. 

And don’t worry about being a bother. No one expects you to know everything on your first day. As long as you make an effort to learn, it won’t go unnoticed.

  1. Arrive Early, Stay Late

Rushing in the door a few minutes late and stepping out early are two ways to negatively affect your team’s first impression of you. Give yourself some extra time to account for possible morning rush traffic and track your route before the first day to learn how long it will take you to get to work. Be an available and dedicated worker and stay each day until your job is done.

  1. Show Ambition

If you find your first few days/weeks on the job a little slow, use this opportunity to ask for an assignment. Offer to take over tasks for your coworkers to free them up if they seem busy. By showing initiative and lending a helping hand, you’ll quickly make friends and may even learn something new. 

You worked hard to land your pharmacy position. Show your appreciation and enthusiasm for your career by being eager to get to work and do a great job.

Ready to Start a New Pharmacy Career?

At HealthCare Support, we’re committed to helping passionate healthcare professionals get the jobs that fit them best. If your job search is proving difficult, leave it in our hands. We have the experience and connections to get you where you belong. To learn more about our open pharmacy jobs and services, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Pharmacy Terminology You Need to Know

Most of what you learn about your career is learned while on the job; this fact goes for pharmacists, too. While you may have practiced medical terminology in school, mastering a pharmacy-specific vocabulary is now critical to your daily professional life. Some terminology involves names of medicine, some are types of procedures, others are slang that pharmacists use around the office.

After some time on the job, these new terms will become second nature; however, in the meantime, here are some of the most important pharmacy terms you will need to know.

Important Pharmacy Terminology

  • Antagonist “Antagonist” isn’t just the bad guy in your favorite novel. In the world of pharmacy, an antagonist refers to a drug that binds to the receptor, blocking the action transmitted by neurotransmitters through neutral receptors. This is the opposite of an “agonist” drug, which stops the receptor from creating a response. 
  • Analgesic – An analgesic is an umbrella term for painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, morphine, and others.. 
  • Rx – Rx is shorthand for prescription, derived from an abbreviation of the Latin word for recipe. Therefore, an Rx is a pharmacists’ perfectly-created recipe for a patient: the medication, directions on how and when to take it, and how many to take.
  • Orange Book – An important manual for pharmacists, the Orange Book is officially titled “Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.” Published by the FDA, it is a set of rules and directions to help pharmacists choose generic substitutions for medication. 
  • Compounding – Compounding is when a licensed pharmacist combines ingredients in a drug, or multiple drugs, to create an Rx specifically targeted to the needs of a patient.
  • Batch Preparation – This term refers to the process of crafting a large batch of a single medication in order to have a stock of the product on hand when needed.
  • Absorption Rate – A pretty simple, yet, very important term in pharmaceuticals, absorption rate is how long it takes for a drug to hit the bloodstream.

Ready to Get to Work?

When you’re ready to work in the world of pharmacy, let us help you find the right place for you. At HealthCare Support, we have a team of passionate healthcare professionals who are committed to helping you get placed in the job you’re meant to have.. Give us a call at 888-219-6285 to learn more about our services.

How to Avoid Career Burnout for Pharmacists

Burnout in the workforce is an overarching issue affecting all career areas. Specifically, burnout in the medical field negatively affects employees and can adversely affect patients. As a pharmacist, your mental health and well-being are of utmost importance for you — and your patients. Here are some steps you can take to put yourself and your welfare first.

Check-in on Yourself

Once, or maybe a few times a week, give yourself a little check-up to see what you may be lacking. Go outside and maybe take a walk to get some exercise. Also, prioritize your relationships with family and friends. Everybody needs support from the essential people in their life, so be sure to spend time with them. Kick back, relax, and engage in some personal hobbies and interests. You’re a hard-working pharmacist. You deserve to be kind to yourself.

Speak Up at Work

If you’re feeling burnt out, or otherwise upset with the current state of your role at work, don’t be afraid to speak up. Your bosses and supervisors are there for you, and having a positive workspace also helps them out. Speaking up for yourself can be challenging, but once it’s done, you will feel more confident and be glad you did. This will also set you up with a safety net in case any burnout-related issues arise. 

Plan Your Week Ahead

Each week, plan ahead what tasks you’re looking to get done either at work or in your home life. Be sure to make time for fun and do the things that you want to do. If you properly schedule out your week, you’ll practically be forced to take time for yourself and your own personal interests. 

Take a Day Off

On the topic of overworking, it’s impossible to put your best foot forward at work if you feel like you need a break. Take a day for yourself occasionally — even hard-working pharmacists need a break sometimes. Then, come back to work well-rested, ready to help patients and work efficiently.

HealthCare Support Is Here for You

If you need a fresh start in your healthcare career, a new perspective, or just a sounding board to vent your professional frustrations, rely on the supportive staff at HealthCare Support. At HCS, we are experienced professionals who are here to help you find the ideal career where you can be your best self. Leave the job search to us, and rest assured that we are passionate about helping you in your journey. 

To learn more about our open jobs and services, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

How To Decide Which Pharmacy Job Is Right for You

How To Decide Which Pharmacy Job Is Right for You

Choosing a career in the healthcare industry can be difficult, especially with so many avenues to pursue. Even if you’ve managed to narrow down your path to the field of pharmacy, there are still many different jobs that you can choose between in such a lucrative line of work.

Consider applying for the following pharmacy jobs that may be right for you. 

Community Pharmacist

A community pharmacist is one of the most popular and common pharmacy jobs, and likely the first pharmacist many people meet. Community pharmacists often work out of the pharmacy department of a local grocery or drug store, handling everyday pharmaceutical needs like filling prescriptions. However, if this role in pharmacy does not sound like the right position for you, you do have plenty of other options.

Long-term Care Pharmacist

A pharmacy job in long-term care will have you working with elderly patients, which can be a very fulfilling career path. Long-term care pharmacists often work out of assisted living communities or elderly rehabilitation facilities. In this role, you will likely have a smaller number of patients but will be meeting with them and serving them consistently for a longer period of time.

Hospital Pharmacist

Another potential pharmacy job is a hospital pharmacist. As a hospital pharmacist, you will be stationed at a hospital and work directly with doctors and nurses. This job typically requires a great deal of training and education because hospital patients vary dramatically and often need serious medication for a variety of severe conditions.

Need Help Deciding Your Pharmacy Career Path?

If you’re at a loss on which direction to choose in your career as a pharmacist, then contact HealthCare Support, a premiere national staffing resource. 

At HealthCare Support, we are dedicated to helping healthcare industry professionals discover the career path that is meant for them. We achieve this by using our vast professional network to connect you with either long-term careers or short-term jobs depending on your specific needs. Our dedicated, responsive, and knowledgeable team will help you address your career goals in order to land you your dream job in healthcare.

For more information on our services and open pharmacy jobs, call HealthCare Support today at 888-219-6285.

How To Become a Pharmacist

How To Become a Pharmacist

Pharmacists are the human encyclopedias of medication; they assist in the healing process by filling our prescriptions and furthering our care during recovery. The field of pharmacy is a noble profession that requires advanced education, licensing, and certification. While becoming a pharmacist may seem a bit daunting, the steps to success are actually quite clear. 

Steps to Becoming a Pharmacist

  • Get a Bachelor’s Degree or Enroll in a Pre-Pharmacy Program

To become a licensed pharmacist, you’re going to need a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. To attain that degree, you will need to enroll in either a four-year bachelor’s program or a two-year pre-pharmacy program. Both are recognized, so it is up to you and your timeline on which path you should take.

  • Pass the PCAT 

In order to apply to a Doctor of Pharmacy program, you are going to have to submit your PCAT score. The PCAT is the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Is goal is to test your knowledge on all things pharmacy, including:

  1. Biological & Chemical Processes
  2. Critical Reading
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
  • Attain a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

This step is what really sets your future in pharmacy in motion. Earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree is what you will need to be recognized in the field of pharmacy. However, they consist of four-year programs, so settle in.

  • Get Licensed

After graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, you’ve got one more step to become a certified pharmacist — getting licensed. Passing the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam) will get you the licensing you need to get to work as a certified pharmacist.

  • Explore Your Pharmacy Career Options

Pharmacists are often employed in places outside of a corner store pharmacy. While grocery, retail, personal health, and department stores are most common places of employment, pharmaceutical manufacturers and universities are also possible employers for a pharmacist.

It’s an exciting world out there for a pharmacist and your career possibilities are vast and diverse. If you’ve got the dedication the position takes and a support system of healthcare staffing specialists in your corner, then a successful pharmacy position could be in your future.

Become a Pharmacist with HealthCare Support

HealthCare Support is a premiere, national staffing resource for the healthcare industry that helps talented, passionate professionals find the perfect long-term career or short-term job. Our professional network is vast, and our dedicated team of subject matter experts provide customized staffing solutions, dedicated advocacy, compassionate guidance, and highly responsive support to help unlock your potential and place you in the ideal situation for your career. 

To learn more about our open jobs and services, please give us a call today at 888-219-6285.