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New pharmacists: Here are the tips for your bright professional career

16 October, 2021 Anuja Sahi

The years you spent in pharmacy school were the formative years of your professional life. Success is possible when you have people to help you along the road, and the support you received from your peers and the institution paved the way for you to excel in your studies.

You may be wondering how you might be successful in the career route you choose now that you have graduated. As a pharmacist, you may find that the learning curve is steep and that the job is demanding. Don’t worry; we at 3Meds compiled a list of some helpful hints to assist you in making the transition from pharmacy student to successful practitioner.

  • Keep your pharmacy school notes since you never know when you'll need them: Transitioning from one practice area to another can be difficult, and career paths can alter quickly. When attempting to orient oneself to a different area of pharmacy, lecture notes from school can be useful.
  • Don’t be afraid of mistakes: This is a major problem for all pharmacists, particularly new pharmacists. Fear is a healthy thing. It keeps you on your toes. It inspires you to make patient safety your top priority. There must, however, be a balance between dread and productivity. If fear paralyses you and prevents you from doing your duties, this can result in patient harm through delaying care. Find what works best for you, learn from others to better your skills, and never stop learning.
  • Develop your patient counseling abilities and obey the counseling legislation in your state. Even though it is the most critical encounter we have with patients, this is by far the most common reason pharmacists get in trouble in my state. It's worth writing a separate piece about how to develop a solid counseling style, but the important is to figure out what works for you and stick to it.
  • Take time, but do it perfectly: There will be days when you don't feel up to it. Take a step back and figure out what's most critical and urgent, then tackle one task at a time. Don't be scared to make people wait on occasion; safety takes precedence over haste!
  • Everyone should be treated with respect: It makes no difference if you're a pharmacist, technician, assistant, nurse, or secretary. Always show respect to others. "Treat others the way you want to be treated," you were told in primary school. It's a simple concept, yet I've witnessed a lot of pharmacists belittle others or be quite condescending. You'll be surprised to learn that there are others who are keeping an eye on you. Do you believe they will form a favourable opinion of you? Why would they want to recommend you to a different company? You never know when that person will be a deciding factor in your employment search.
  • Always be positive: A cheerful attitude goes a long way toward job satisfaction and overall pleasure. Make time for activities you enjoy, such as running, reading for pleasure, or reconnecting with friends. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is critical to maintaining a happy outlook.
  • Never stop learning new things: The area of pharmacy is continually evolving, with new medications being introduced on a daily basis. Not to mention new legislation, increased practice regions, and a slew of other important details. To stay current, you must continue to learn (not simply the needed CE hours to renew your license).
  • It's quite acceptable if you "don't know" the answer: One of the most common concerns among novice pharmacists does not know the response to a doctor's or nurse's query. In a retail situation, a rookie pharmacist can be concerned about not knowing the solution to a customer's question. However, you must learn over time that it makes no difference as long as you know where to go for the answer! Instead of lying or making stuff up, simply say you don't remember and will find out and get back to them. Wasn't that simple?