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What is the best part about being a pharmacist ?

What is the the best part of the job : making connections with patients, and etc. #pharmacy

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Anthony’s Answer

Hi Taylor,

The best part of being a pharmacist is undoubtedly the relationships you form with your patients. Another question previously asked what the most rewarding part of being a pharmacist was, and this was my response: “As mentioned above, the relationships you build with your patients are by far the most rewarding aspect of being a pharmacist. As the most easily accessible healthcare professional, you will form a bond with your relationships that may be stronger than they have with their physicians. Helping patients navigate through their health when they are confused, when they are having trouble reaching their provider, or when their provider is closed is crucial to their health. In addition, they will form a bond with you unlike any they have with other providers due to the accessibility of community pharmacists.”
Recently, I returned to work after getting sick with COVID, and I learned how extraordinary this relationship with patients is. So many of them stopped by the pharmacy to say hello and ask how I was feeling. It was a great feeling to see that my efforts to help them did not go unnoticed. However, I couldn’t help but think, “what exactly did I do for them to care about me so much? I just did my job.” However, since then, I’ve realized that you cannot be successful as a pharmacist without forming these relationships, and it is the absolute best part of the job.

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Lee’s Answer

The best part about being a pharmacist is when patients express that they feel like you have helped them in some capacity, whether that is talking through their medications with them or helping them understand their pharmacy insurance plan.
Thank you comment icon Totally agree! I will always remember the handshakes, the hugs, the huge thank-you's, the "you are the best!," and most recently the "I would totally buy you snookies cookies if they were still open!" (<- so random but it's the thought that counts, right?) Sandra Merino
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THINH’s Answer

the best part is that you know how a med work and often the best medication to give to patients. Every now and then patient recognize your effort and knowledge. That's make my day!
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Aj’s Answer

The best part of being a pharmacist is the patient interaction and knowing you are making a difference in patient's life no matter what field of pharmacy you go into
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Sonja’s Answer

By far, the best thing about being a pharmacist is the relationships developed with our patients. I have been blessed to work in a unique setting in a pediatric hospital that serves long term inpatients and then see them as outpatients that visit our clinics. Having a chance to care for some patients when they are hospitalized and then when they are better and visit our clinics is great! Over the years, I have seen some our patients grow from little kids to now bringing their kids to our clinics. The work can be rewarding as well. On the inpatient side, stopping by the patients rooms to say hello is great too, making sure our patients receive the correct doses , monitoring their progress is all very rewarding. I hope this helps.
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Sandra’s Answer

The best part about being a pharmacist is going home knowing you've saved a life or made a big difference in someone's life!

A close second is making connections with your patients.

Other great things include:
- constantly learning new things
- doing something with more variety than a typical "desk job"
- working as a team, whether that's with their technicians or with doctors and nurses
- not taking work home (depends on the job)
- decent income for your family
- jobs everywhere (not limited to say, Silicon Valley or NY/LA)
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Vincent’s Answer

Intern here. This is a hard subjective question because there are many parts of the job that are enjoyable. Your example of making connections with the patients would be my answer if I was still a technician. As an Intern, the best part for me is applying what I have learned to help a patient and seeing their smiles. I would imagine my response as a pharmacist is to be working with future interns and technicians to be the best part (and if I was a POC or pharmacist in charge of hiring I would like to select my team of great individuals).
Thank you for your question and your interest in pharmacy.

Vincent recommends the following next steps:

What does a pharmacist do (hospital, retail, research, industry, academics etc.)
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Chelsea’s Answer

Building relationships with patients and other healthcare professionals while being able to impact patient care!
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