Finding A Happy, Sustainable Pharmacy Career
Written by: Gunda Siska
I have been brainstorming for an alternative pharmacy job that is less stressful than retail and hospital work.
I currently work in a busy hospital. The medical and pharmaceutical questions, problems and tasks come at me so fast I cannot resolve one problem through, before the next problem presents its self to me. I end up with brain fog and migraines. I know I should change jobs to something more sustainable. I’m unable to do anything at home for my family after a long, hard day at the hospital. Living with chronic migraines is not my idea of success and so I often think about going to work at Walgreens…in the COSMETIC department, cuz retail pharmacy seems to be even more stressful.
I know I could NOT work retail pharmacy. I had glimpses of it during pharmacy school, and at the end of a busy day I would be shaking with frustrations from all the interruptions that occurred. I have so much respect and admiration for the cool, calm, smart retail pharmacists. HOW DO U DO IT?
Anyhow, I have been brainstorming for a better way of life.
I think pharmacists should double as health care coaches to solve our health care crisis. I think our hospitals are over run with patients who have illnesses that can be solved with lifestyle modification. I also believe we don’t have enough doctors to take care of all the sick people. I know at my hospital during flu season we end up in code black, which means we have overflow patients in the hallways and storage closets! There is literally no room for all the sick people.
So the win-win solution that I have come up with….have all the highly educated retail pharmacists, and any other pharmacists looking for a change to come out of the woodwork and become health care coaches.
The money part sort of slowed me down, but I have thought that through. I see two solutions.
Money solution #1, become affiliated with selling natural products and get a commission from the products you recommend. Pharmacists will never be an average sales representative. Our health is too complicated and individualized to just recommend the same product for everyone.
I believe only pharmacists should be selling and recommending OTC products, vitamins, minerals, and natural products of any kind.
I am currently writing a book about when natural products yield good results. Healthy people don’t need any pills to stay healthy, but many people are not healthy. Many people are looking for improved health, better energy, and improved appearance.
In my articles for Pharmacy Times Magazine I have been slowly telling the readers when natural products will yield good results. These articles are actually excerpts from my book that will be coming out soon, hopefully July.
Don’t let your customers read this book before you, cuz they will be asking you questions that will blow your mind.
Combined with the years of college education, and work experience I anticipate that this book will give pharmacists a clear view of how to slow the aging process down with natural products, and how to optimize health in unhealthy people. (more on my book later)
Money solution #2, Become a pharmacist clinician and expand your recommendations even more. Not only will you be recommending natural products, but you will also be recommending drugs.
I believe that our health care crisis can be solved with medicinal diets, natural products, and drugs. We need all three to restore health…and then keep us healthy.
After my first medical book is out in July, I’m going to immediately start working on my second book. It will be called Curing obesity through medication management. In that book i will explain how to use drugs as a catalyst to develop new, healthy lifestyle habits. Will power and drugs only work for a short period of time. We need to take advange of that opportunity to create new automatic habits and lifestyle choices. THAT is what the book is about. It’s about ending obesity. It’s about having the next generation of people automatically being thin because their parents instilled wellness in them as children.
So for now, I have to highly recommend that pharmacist who are looking for a change follow me on twitter, facebook, Pharmacy times magazine, and this blog. I will be telling you everything I know as I walk through the process myself. I am thinking this thing through for me, so that I can have a better life…and I’m telling you my trials and errors so that you can do the same if you chose to.
I am wishing you the best in life: success, happiness, health and love