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PHARMACIST
Daily Tasks
Advises physicians and nurses about appropriate drug therapy for patients. Accompanies the health-care team on patient rounds in the hospital and recommends appropriate use of medications for patients. Develops medication lists for the nurses to use to administer drugs to their patients. Looks over each patient's medication list to make sure patients are getting safe and cost-effective treatment for their illness and recommends changes to the doctor. Teaches classes on medications for doctors, nurses and patients. Also spends time working with pharmacy students.
Skills/Talents
Excellent written and oral communication skills, human relation skills, ability to interact with a wide scope of people and cultures, self-motivated, analytical skills, leadership skills, organizational skills, ability to prioritize and work through multiple tasks at one time, good with numbers, management skills.
Work Setting
Hospital, pharmacy stores, some office work.
Work Hours
Day shifts and evening shifts to accommodate 24-hour service of the hospital.
Education
Six-year education program giving the student a doctorate of pharmacy. Some colleges of pharmacy now require an undergraduate degree prior to applying to pharmacy school; students in these pharmacy schools would complete eight years of education to obtain a doctorate degree. Additional specialized training in residency programs are available after pharmacy school in areas such as critical care, infectious diseases and oncology.
Qualifications
No additional requirements.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, business, computer applications, English composition, health education, advanced biology and chemistry, second language, and psychology
Minnesota Median Salary
$56.61/hour ($118,202/yr)
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