The rules of the game as they are designed by CVS and Rite-Aid make the game unwinnable unless you are going to operate as a glorified technician. It must be downright painful for pharmacists with high personal standards and respect for professional ethics. I can understand the bitterness. I can understand the feelings of despair. I can see the anger. Just donâ€™t forget:
Itâ€™s the JOB, Stupid. There is nothing wrong with the PROFESSION.
Jimâ€™s post rings home for many pharmacists that live in the retail world. Not the community pharmacy world, which is entirely different, but the retail world.
Iâ€™ve tried retail pharmacy a couple of times during my career, and found that it was a terrible work environment that had nothing to do with patient care or pharmacy practice. Because it was so crummy I left and moved on to greener pastures. Iâ€™ve never regretted that decision; not for a second.
I think itâ€™s worth noting that I posted about this almost one year ago to the day (What to do, the case of the unhappy pharmacist â€“ October 19, 2010). In that post I stated that â€œI see retail pharmacists continually complaining about their work environment, their patients/customers, their employers, their hours, their lack of help, the general lack of quality personnel, etc. What I donâ€™t see are those same pharmacists doing anything to change it.â€ I see that nothing much has changed.
My advice to pharmacists that work in a retail environment where they arenâ€™t respected and are treated like crap, leave. Leave, stop working there, find something else, quit, donâ€™t take it anymore, or whatever you need to tell yourself to find something better. Sometimes it really is that simple.
â€œEveryone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.â€ â€• Leo Tolstoy. Just sayinâ€™.
Make sure to hop on over to Jimâ€™s site and read the entire post. Itâ€™s worth five minutes of your time.