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Become a Better Pharmacist: 5 Important Tips

bound lab notebookJob growth for pharmacists is predicted to increase by 3% by 2024. If you’re either in school working towards a career in pharmaceuticals or have just entered this field, you need to learn a lot, and rather quickly! Here is some important information and a few helpful tips that you should be aware of as you begin your career in pharmacy:

 

    • Becoming a pharmacist takes time — If you hate school and want to land a good job in a few short years, pharmaceuticals probably isn’t the industry for you. It typically takes at least eight years of college education to earn a Pharm.D. and become a pharmacist.

 

    • Pharmacist hours can be irregular — Though the majority of pharmacies might operate during normal business owners, there are plenty of others that stay open throughout the night. For instance, a lot of hospital and even retail pharmacies operate 24 hours a day to serve patients. As you increase your experience and move up in the ranks, however, you’ll likely gain more autonomy over your schedule.

 

    • You’ll have to triple check everything — Since you’ll be dealing directly with patients and potentially dangerous medications, it’s imperative that you check, double-check, and triple check everything you do. Get in the habit of having a checklist you run through when verifying prescriptions, regardless of whether it’s the first fill or a refill. You need to check both the patient’s name and date of birth to ensure that the right person is getting the right medication.

 

    • Reference your bound lab notebooks — Throughout your educational career and well into your career as an actual pharmacist, you should frequently look back and go over your notes. Additionally, you’ll always be adding new information so it’s best to have plenty of quality bound lab notebooks.

 

    • There are some additional requirements — There are plenty of requirements you’ll have to meet in order to become a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, including a high school diploma (or GED), criminal background check, formal education and training, fees, exams, continuing education, and certifications.

 

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Become a Better Studier: 3 Tips to Improve Your Studies

research notebookWe’ve all spent countless hours studying for a big exam the next day. Though cramming throughout the night might seem like it’s the best way to actually memorize the material, that’s not exactly the case. The information might be fresh, but if you’re only memorizing and not actually understanding the material, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

If you’re in the scientific field and you’re studying to for either your first ever test or your last exam before you begin your career, there are plenty of great ways to actually understand and memorize all the materials that you are researching beforehand.

Here are some tips that should help you improve your studying habits:

  • Consult with other students — Though you’re going to be primarily studying by yourself, it’s a great idea to get with two or three of your fellow students and go over everything together. Sometimes it helps to get someone else’s perspective on a difficult topic like pharmaceuticals. You don’t have to meet every day with your study group, but meeting once or twice a month can help tremendously throughout your educational career.
  • Stock up on research notebooks — Say you’re going into the pharmaceutical industry, which is projected to grow to be worth approximately $1.12 trillion by 2022. From the moment you begin your studies, you’re going to constantly be referring back to your original notes, which is why it’s so important to keep diligent notes and keep them organized throughout the years. You’ll likely need to reference your early notes even 10 or 15 years down the line, so make sure you have plenty of laboratory notebooks. Keep in mind, you should have all your research notebooks organized from day one so it’s easy to look back and find all the information you need before an important exam.
  • Take better care of yourself — College is one of the most stressful times of anyone’s life, but it’s key to not let these stresses consume you. In order to succeed and stay ahead in difficult scientific and competitive fields, you need to make sure you’re healthy. No more late night snacking, whether you’re studying or not. Plus, you should be getting plenty of sleep each night and spending time with friends so you’re not constantly worrying about your studies.

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