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Career Story: Hospital Pharmacist

Hospital Pharmacist

Job Title: Pharmacist

Type of Company: I work for a hospital.

Education: BS, Science, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Job Tasks: Taking care of patients in the hospital can be as simple as providing them with the medications that they take at home, but there are also the critical and emergency patients who require immediate attention and almost always more care. I have been working in the same hospital for eleven years now and there are new things I run into almost every single day. Each case is different and requires individual scrutiny; that is what is so exciting about my job.

Besides prescribing medicines, I also help to answer questions that the doctors have about medications they're unfamiliar with. Like all hospital jobs, this one can be stressful, especially when there is more than one emergency that requires immediate attention and you need to decide which to handle first. But it can also be very rewarding when you come back to work the next day and see a particular patient who arrived looking terminal has pulled through, thanks to the care from the physicians, the nurses and the right medications.

I enjoy the flexible hours that I am able to keep with this job. I can be at home with my family and work third shift while they sleep so I don't miss any of the important events.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job is when there are a lot of emergency admits that require immediate attention and then, on top of it, the cardiac or critical care units have a patient who requires urgent attention. You can be overwhelmed as to which order to take care of first.

The rewarding part is to know you played a role in bringing this person through their trauma.

Job Tips: A pharmacy career requires six years of schooling, but the career is worth it.

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