What are the most important qualities a pharmacist must possess to be successful and happy in their field?
I am considering going into a pharmacy related career and want to know what skills/qualities would be truly important. #health #pharmacy #hospital #pharmaceuticals #retail
There are many different avenues to explore with a pharmacy degree. Retail and hospital are the most common, but clinical and ambulatory roles are on the rise, along with mail order, specialty, and a variety of other careers. First, you have to have a great memory. There is no getting around having to remember many facts about different medications. You also must possess problem solving skills, being able to piece together lab values, symptoms, and side effects to help patients. Drawing this information together is a critical part of this job. Knowing how to look up information is also an important skill. If you know which resources are trustworthy and know how to interpret the information, drug information resource skills are very helpful. In the real world, especially with retail, a great deal of patience and understanding with patients, insurance, and doctors goes a long way while being the middle man.
I still enjoy pharmacy and as long as you stay current and your mind is good, you can do this job for a long time.