Pharmacist burnout

Regardless of the pharmacy setting-  hospital, hospice, correctional, retail, home infusion, long term care pharmacy- we are all facing the same high demands in the work place. It is vitally important to step back from time to time and take inventory of our most valuable resource: our employees, in order to prevent pharmacist burnout.

In an APhA study a few years back, 57.1% of pharmacists reported experiencing burnout. Indicators of pharmacist burnout include feeling overworked, undervalued, frustrated, emotionally drained, and uninterested in job activities. Burnout may lead to personal conflicts, physical symptoms, decreased productivity, and negative emotions. Pharmacists experiencing burnout may feel helpless in their current situation and unable to promote change.  How do you create a positive work environment free from the threat of burnout? How to you revitalize your employees and create a positive, productive pharmacy team?

Burnout tends to occur when pharmacist are asked to perform nonprofessional duties, do not feel valued for their performance, or are simply overworked.  It is important that job responsibilities be varied and meaningful and that employees receive recognition for a job well done.  The pharmacy department should be adequately staffed and pharmacists should enjoy rest periods throughout their work day when they can ‘walk away’ from stressors.  At the end of the day, pharmacist should be able to leave their work ‘at work’.

One way to prevent pharmacist burnout is to remove staff pharmacist from the role of having to be on-call after hours.  By removing staff pharmacists from this role, pharmacists will be able to enjoy time away from job duties, allowing for rest and relaxation.  Businesses using a dedicated on-call pharmacy service to answer and respond to after hours emergency calls report increased employee morale, increased productivity and a more positive workplace free from the threat of pharmacist burnout.  Outsourcing on call pharmacist responsibilities can play a great role in reducing or preventing pharmacist burnout.

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