Clinical Pharmacy Specialist 

(Female, Age 48) from Grand Island, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

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Job Title Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Salary $110,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Grand Island, NY
Years Experience 10 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for the largest employer in the country–the Federal government, specifically in the Department of Veterans Affairs at a VA hospital in Central Nebraska. My specific hosptial employs about 250 persons.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am responsible for managing the hospitals pharmacist run clinics–anticoagulation clinic, lipid clinic, hypertension clinic and diabetes clinics. I also oversee pharmacy students and pharmacy residents as a teacher, supervisor and mentor.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
4 wks vacation, federal holidays, company matched 401 k; helath care, life insurance, 4 weeks sick leave accumulative; all federal holidays

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with patinets, other pharmacists and pharmacy students, I love my interaction with others, that is the funnest part of the job

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 4
Benefits: 3
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 1
Supervisors: 8
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 5

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Get ready for work–to work by 8 am
8am to 9am New patient clinic & organize my day. Orient new vetrans to the VA system.
9am to 10am Anticoagulation group and individual appointments. Manage patients who are on blood thinner therapy, and also manage students
10am to 11am cholesterol clinic–See patients in clinic review cholesteral labs with them and adjust their cholesterol medication
11am to 12pm Hypertension clinic–help patients to manage their blood pressure, and educate them on their blood pressure.
12pm to 1pm Lunch break
1pm to 2pm cholesterol clinic–See patients in clinic review cholesteral labs with them and adjust their cholesterol medication
2pm to 3pm Do medication reconciliation for vetrans in the alcohol and drug treatment program.
3pm to 4pm Meet as a group with student and residents to review patient cases. Lecture and do journal club.
4pm to 5pm Return phone calls–Administrative.
5pm to 6pm Home
6pm to 7pm Home
7pm to 8pm Home
8pm to 9pm Home
9pm to 10pm Home
10pm to 11pm Home
11pm to 12am Home

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
referall from a former student of mine

What was the application process?
resume, and tons of paper work as you can imagine for the federal government as well as formal interviews

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I had one interview with the head od the department for pharmacy services across the state of Nebraska. I was questioned on past experinces and my accomplishments, skills and level of confidence

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
1. What skills do you bring to the table 2. What are your strengths/your weaknesses. 3. where do you see yourself in 10 years. 4. How do you feel you can contribute to the mission of our company?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, they provide some basic education, but to really excell you need to take it a step further and work at keeping up and learning on your own time as well

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
4 years of math and basic sciences in undergrad; 4 years of pharmacy school learning pharmacology, therapeutics, medicinal chemistry. last year of clinical rotatioins and then continuing education (conferences, journals, tests) yearly thereafter

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes–I recived an excellent education at the University of Nebraska College of pharmacy. Both by book work and clinical practive. In our last year we spent one month at various practice settings to get hands on experience

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Intersnhip helped me to determine what areas I was interested in professionally as well as to develop some skills and self confidence in that specific area

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
4 years of college with a typical pre-medicine curriculum;4 years of pharmacy school, 1 year of clinical residency

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Have good science and mathematical skills, Be good in communications as you will need this to interact with patinets and professional colleagues,patience, willingness to continue learning on an ongoing basis as things change in health care continueously.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
You need a tremendous amount of education that is ongoing

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
It is a great career that takes a lot of committemnt, both while in school, but also after you get your license and are practicing. What you put into your profession will be returned to your in droves. It is very rewarding.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
It is very much my career plan. Clinical pharmacy and disease management is the future of my profession

What are your current career goals?
I am happy with exactly where I am at. I want to remain in direct patient care and with the supervising of students and residents. I would enjoy expanding into other disease states such as congestive heart failure and psychiatric diseases

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is extremely rewarding. I have no regrets and would do it all again in a heart beat!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Clincial Pharmacist 10 years 100,000+ Manage pharmacy run clinics–hypertension, anticoagulation, lipid, diabetes, educate students and pharmacy residents
Prior Job 2 Clinical Pharmacist 18 years 70,000+ Review the medical Charts of p[atients in Nursing homes across Nebraska looking for drug therapy problems. Providing education to nurses, pharmacy studnts and physicians

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.3 University of Nebraska Bachelors in Chemistry
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3,59 University of Nebraska Medical Center Doctorate in Pharmacy

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