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BY: JAYCEE HUNT Pharmacist
At Work Participate in basic research for the development of new drugs Test new drug products for stability and to determine their absorption and elimination patterns
A Typical Day of A Pharmacist Advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions and side effects of medications Monitor the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy Advise patients and answer questions about prescription drugs, including questions about possible side effects Provide information and make recommendations about over the counter drugs
A Typical Day of A Pharmacist Pharmacists may also… Give advise about diet, exercise or stress management Help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure Advise patients about durable medical equipment and home health care supplies Complete third-party insurance forms and other paper work
Education, Training and Experience In general you must have a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy Chemistry, Biology, Math, English and Computer- related courses
Education To Become A Pharmacist Two years of postsecondary courses, basic sciences of biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, math, humanities and social science After completing the post secondary work, a budding pharmacist must pass the pharmacy college admission test (PCAT). Its then possible to entry to a four year Pharm. D (Doctor of Pharmacy) program. During those four years, student pharmacists study the chemistry of drugs and the way that drugs work in the human body. Students also learn how drugs react when used together
Education To Become A Pharmacist Not all Pharm. D work is in the classroom. Students gain practical experience by spending 1,500 hours or more as interns in clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. This occurs over a series of rotations throughout the four-year course. The shortest period of study to become a pharmacist is six years in total.
Work Prospects You need to develop strong interpersonal (client focused) skills because youll most likely being providing information to costumers rather than filling prescriptions
Skills Required In Pharmacy Jobs Attention to Detail- Dispensing the right medicines in the right dosage can be a life and death activity. Mistakes could be fatal. Adaptability- Medicines are changing and developing all the time. The modern pharmacist needs to constantly keep updated on changes in the licenses (uses) or medicines as well as learning about newly launched medicines
Skills Required In Pharmacy Jobs Organization- Pharmacies, at busy times, can be extremely hectic. Consequently a pharmacist needs to be highly organized not only to meet the demands of the role but also to avoid mistakes being made along the way. Commercial Skills- Particularly community Jobs in Pharmacy require the pharmacist to set up buying arrangements with suppliers, the results of which will determine the profitability of the business.
Important Facts Hourly wages ($32.47) are above the national average ($18.07) These earnings are above average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all professional occupations
Career Trends Health Care is in very high demand Becoming a pharmacist is nationally in demand, which means you could be get a job in any province in Canada.
Career Trends Everything today is all computer based. Which makes it easier for people looking into this career that can work with computers easily For people that have been a pharmacist for many years it may become difficult with the new technology, because they learned how to do it more hands on, rather then on computer.
Personal Management Skills Beware of personal and group health and safety practices and procedures, and act in accordance with these
Personal Management Skills Carry out multiple tasks or projects Deal with peoples problems and situations with honesty, integrity and personal ethics
Fundamental Skills Read and understand information presented in a variety of forms Speak so others pay attention and understand
Fundamental Skills Observe and record data using appropriate methods, tools and technology. Asses situations and identify problems
Teamwork Skills Understand and work within the dynamics of a group Be flexible: respect be open to and supportive of thoughts, opinions and contributions of others in a group.
Teamwork Skills Develop a plan, seek feedback, test, revise and implement Ensure that a teams purpose and objectives are clear.
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