I was a clinical pharmacist at a community hospital in my previous job. I had two different shifts: clinical staffing and oncology.
When I was on clinical staffing shift, I would verify orders, monitor all the patient charts (labs, medications, etc.) and make recommendations to the physicians as needed. I also supervised and coordinated all the intravenous medications that were made. On my free time, I was working on projects, like going to the meetings with nurses to discuss about common medication errors and developing an action plan. Antibiotics overuse is also an issue, so I worked with an infectious disease physician to point out repetitive problems and the progress.
During oncology shifts, I reviewed the patient charts and checked the labs to determine if the patient's dose was correct and if his/her labs prove that it is safe to give chemotherapy. Usually, chemotherapies have very harsh side effects that need close monitoring for patient safety. Otherwise, oncology medications have different regulations to follow when compounding. So, I would overlook the compounding process to see if the medication was compounded safely. There were times when I would compound the medications myself. Different hospitals have different protocols, but the pharmacists were required to give counseling/consultation on all new chemotherapies at my hospital.
My current job is focused on making intravenous medications. It requires knowledge in laws, regulations, and math. There are policies and procedures for cleaning, compounding, design of the compounding rooms, etc. involved in compounding intravenous medications. Plus, a little mistake in calculation could cause death, so it's important to learn to be cautious and double check all the work.
I currently practice as a clinical advisor where my job is office based. My day typically consists of independent clinical research to support the projects I'm working on (e.g., epilepsy, hematology). It's very project based and requires time management. The primary method of communication in my role is via medical writing and WebEx (telephone/computer conference) with my colleagues.
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There is community pharmacy which can be in a chain pharmacy or privately owned setting where filling , dispensing, and educating patients is your main job.
There are also settings such as researh, compounding, medication therapy management, disease state management, long term care, and transition of care.
You can have as much or as little direct patient care/contact as you wish, and then there is always cross-over from one type of practice to another.
You could also consider inter-national activities which can be academic, research, or clinical.
If you have more questions regarding any or all of these types of pharmacy practice feel free to ask.
Thank you for your inquirey and do consider pharmacy as a patient oriented profession.