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4 Side Gigs for Pharmacists

Since I started my side hustle in medical writing, I have come to realize that it is essential to diversify income sources. Few companies have all their revenue coming from one product, and virtually no investor would recommend having everything in just one type of investment. Yet many people are fine with all their income coming from one source. Even if you’re drawing a high salary, a layoff or an unforeseen situation where you are cut off from that income will result in earnings going to zero.

These 3 skills will open the doors to non-traditional pharmacy

When many pharmacists talk about developing their skills or advancing careers, they often talk about it within the context of clinical knowledge and skills: pursuing board certifications, moving into a more ‘clinical’ role (though I think it’s time to stop using that word), or taking certificate courses to enhance clinical knowledge. While these are all excellent pathways, in this post we’ll look at other, nonclinical career-enhancing skills that are often overlooked.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Floater, Staff Pharmacist, or Pharmacy Manager

In my first job out of school, I worked as a float pharmacist for a national chain and was fortunate to be in an amazing district, where I learned a lot and had great experiences in numerous stores. After about a year, I got the chance to pursue my dream and move to Hawaii, where I worked for about 8 months as a staff pharmacist at a long-term care pharmacy, and then later became its manager. I’ve managed a couple of different pharmacies since.

Tips for Being an A+ Preceptor for Pharmacy Students

You give a lot as a preceptor, but you get so much in return. Not only have I learned a lot from students working with me in pharmacy, but also the pharmacy practice and patient care have benefited as well. By helping catch potential errors, taking an active role in process improvement projects, jumping in the trenches with me during particularly busy times, and even making my job of hiring easy (I’ve hired a former pupil), students have left a lasting impact on rotation. Let’s look at how you can be sure your students are getting just as much out of being there as you’re getting out of them being there.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Early Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination campaign is thankfully in full force now in the US, with >128 million doses administered and almost 14% of the population having been fully vaccinated as of March 23, 2021. In Northeast Florida, where I work, we are aggressively vaccinating. The health system I work for, for example, has held clinics that have vaccinated close to 2500 people in 1 day (in addition to >5000 employees). Also, our health department, as well as other health systems,

How to Spend Your Time Between Travel Assignments

While historically most people have associated sabbaticals with universities and tenured professors, more and more companies are realizing the benefits of employees taking sabbaticals and are even offering them to full-time employees. In other words, the stigma associated with gaps in employment is diminishing as work culture changes. Contrary to popular belief, a sabbatical will not necessarily hurt your chances of future employment.

Should I Move up to Pharmacy Management?

I have been a pharmacist for almost nine years, and my career path has been somewhat unconventional in that I have been a manager for almost eight of those years. I took my first job with Walgreens and worked there for a little under a year before moving to Hawaii, where I took a job in long-term care. I was hired on as a staff pharmacist but (unknown to me, although certainly not a bad thing) I was actually being brought on to eventually become the manager of the pharmacy.

COVID-19 or the Flu? Preparing for the Overlap

The upcoming flu season has many healthcare professionals especially worried this year. COVID-19 alone has stretched the healthcare system to its breaking point in many places, and it remains to be seen whether we will face another surge of infections during the peak of the flu season. To make matters worse, influenza and COVID-19 are both upper respiratory illnesses with similar presentations, and the possibility of co-infection further increases the chances of misdiagnosis.
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