Pharmacists Cite Workload as Their Top Challenge

March 29th, 2019 | In Resources

Pharmacists cite workload as their top challenge

People who feel happy in their work are more likely to want to do a good job and stay focused on the task at hand. It follows, then, that if people are dissatisfied in their role, they may be more inclined to lose focus and make errors.

A recent survey for Pharmacy Times quizzed 593 pharmacists about their pay and job satisfaction. The results showed that respondents are mostly happy with their compensation, but rated their job satisfaction levels lower.

Are Pharmacists Happy With Their Job?

Just 51% responded with a 5, 6 or 7 when asked to rate their overall job satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 7, with one indicating “not at all” and seven indicating “extremely”.

Pharmacists cited workload as the top challenge (54%), followed by management (44%) and work/life balance (36%).

Not many pharmacists were motivated by the possibility of a promotion in their organisation. Just over a quarter (27%) admitted they were not at all motivated, and less than 7% were extremely motivated by potential advancement, rating their motivation as a 7.

Pharmacy Times Pharmacists Survey

Would They Choose the Same Career?

When survey respondents were asked how likely they would be to choose a pharmacy career if they were starting all over again, the responses were mixed.

The most common answer, given by one in five (21%), was “not at all” – but the second most common answer was “extremely”, with one in six (17%) respondents choosing this answer.

Respondent Whitney Rogers, PharmD, BCPS, a critical pharmacy care specialist, is among the respondents who would be extremely likely to choose pharmacy again.

“I would choose pharmacy 100 million times over. I would choose pharmacy every time,“I get a lot of joy out of helping patients not only being on their appropriate therapy but helping them afford it and helping them understand why they need it,” she said.

What About Pay?

Three in five pharmacists (62%) rated their satisfaction with their current annual compensation as 5, 6 or 7 out of 7.

Just under a quarter (24%) of respondents gave a more lukewarm answer of 3 or 4, while 14% rated their salary satisfaction as 1 or 2.

One respondent, Katherine Cheng, a New York state community pharmacist with 17 years of experience in the profession, rated her salary satisfaction as 3 and expressed concern over the evolving roles and responsibilities of pharmacists and the impact on workloads.

“While I am an advocate for the expansion of the pharmacist’s role in health care, I am against the high workload demanded of us without sufficient support staff which has been shown to lead to higher rates of medication incidents,” she explained.

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