Well it’s been awhile since I last posted on this blog and I hope all of you have not entirely given up on me. This is reminiscent of that time I started a diary with 100 pages in it and it took me around five years to finish it. I will try to not let my blog go the same route.
Anyway, I have a specific topic in mind today that I would like to write about so I might as well get started. Looks like my last post was almost a year ago (whoops) and around that time I was getting ready to graduate from university. Well….I graduated….and I’m still working at the pharmacy as an assistant. Still trying to figure my life out. My degree hangs proudly on the wall, framed and all. Occasionally I dust it. This is my life. But it hasn’t been all bad. Searching for a career related job has been tough and still on going, but I have made some friends in the process.
It is almost a year since I started working at the pharmacy and what a journey it has been. I have a novels worth of customer stories and have seriously debated starting my own Pharmacy Problems twitter account. Seriously, the things people say to me blows my mind on a regular basis. I’m sure most people in retail experience this. However, what I really want to talk about ties into the importance of the month of March for pharmacies in Canada. March is pharmacist awareness month.
I know. That’s a thing.
I didn’t even know it was a thing until this month and have absolutely no idea how long this has been a thing. But if my six years of pharmacy experience have taught me anything, this month is greatly needed. A lot of what happens in a pharmacy goes on behind the scenes and because of that, I feel that people do not fully understand what your pharmacy team does for you. On that note, I do work in a locally owned, small, family business and so I can’t speak for big box store type pharmacies. But I do know that my pharmacy team works hard and goes the extra mile on a regular basis to provide excellent care to you and yours. And about 85% of the time we receive sh*t from patients for events that are not our fault. For example, it is not my fault that your doctor did not write a strength or directions on your prescription and that their office is now closed for the day and so we cannot contact him/her to ask what they wanted to write down.
Just a disclaimer for those who don’t have experience with pharmacy related things, this is a real example that happens more often than you probably want to know. For further reading I thought I’d leave you this little gem which I found on my internet travels.
Back to the subject at hand, Pharmacist Awareness Month is a way to let people know what your pharmacist actually does for you. To spread awareness, my boss came up with the excellent idea that we should do a video for our YouTube channel. Thus, our Jimmy Fallon inspired hashtag video was born. I hope it provides you with a few laughs.