5. I WANT TO BE AN IMPORTANT
MEMBER OF THE HEALTH CARE TEAM
Pharmacists work with other health care professionals
to maximize health outcomes. Numerous studies have proven
that the presence of a pharmacist on hospital rounds as
a full member of the patient care team has been shown
to prevent drug errors and reduce costs. The collaboration
of health care professionals, such as physicians and pharmacists,
can help to ensure that patients properly take their medications
as prescribed and avoid any harmful drug interactions.
6. I CAN HAVE JOB MOBILITY,
STABILITY, AND FLEXIBILITY
Pharmacists are employed in every part of the country.
Pharmacy licensure is generally reciprocal between U.S.
states; however, additional tests or criteria may be required
to transfer licensure status. Pharmacists may be able
to establish non-traditional or part-time work hours,
depending on the practice setting. With the shortage of
pharmacists, pharmacy students often receive multiple
job offers prior to graduation.
7. I AM EXCITED TO BE
A PART OF MAJOR INNOVATIONS IN DRUG THERAPY
One of the many exciting developments in the pharmacy
profession is the growth of a discipline, known as pharmacogenomics.
Genetic variations in genes can affect a body’s
response to a drug. In the future, specialists in this
area hope to sequence the entire human gene in each individual.
Pharmacists and other health care providers will be able
to use that information to select the best medicines,
treat diseases earlier than now possible, or prevent them
entirely with individually-tailored drug therapies.
8. I WANT TO WORK WITH
Digital innovations in pharmacy include electronic prescriptions,
robotics for central prescription processing, and use
of computers in practice as well as pharmaceutical research.
These technological advances enhance efficiency and help
to promote patient safety. Pharmacists use these same
tools to help prioritize work, fill prescriptions with
greater accuracy, and spend more time with patients. By
law, pharmacists must oversee an automated dispensing
process for quality control purposes.
9. I CAN HELP DEFEND AGAINST
Pharmacists are educated to recognize signs and symptoms
of diseases that may be used in a biological attack. The
accessibility of pharmacies could be one of the keys to
a successful mass immunization or drug distribution program
in an emergency. In an epidemic or bioterror situation,
pharmacists are prepared to play a major role in preventing
the spread of disease and overseeing the distribution
of appropriate and safe medications.
10. I WOULD LIKE TO BE
A HIGHLY-RESPECTED MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY
According to a 2006 Gallup Poll, pharmacists’ honesty
and ethics were rated as "high" or "very
high" by 73% of Americans, and surpassed in ranking
only by nurses. Pharmacists are visible leaders in our
community who are entrusted with the health of our families.