Wednesday, January 2, 2013

So You Want To Be A Floater, Huh?

I was having a conversation a while back with a younger pharmacist who thought that the best answer to avoiding the soul-draining everyday political bullshit in the workplace, was to work for the pharmacy registries or the temporary staffing services. To each his own I guess.

I know that it sounds like a good gig. But unless you speak with a pharmacist who's experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of working through a registry, you might be stepping into a hornet's nest. So, let me share just this ONE ugly aspect of that end of the business that's almost unavoidable.

In many of the pharmacies that you'll be assigned to work, you'll be viewed as the drifter, an outsider often considered inferior or even incompetent, and someone presumed incapable of doing the job as quickly and efficiently as the pharmacists and techs employed there full time.

And you'll be held in contempt until you stand your ground and prove it to the bullies otherwise.

So, knowing that you probably won't believe that, I've included this hidden video of my experience at the local pharmacy after-hours hangout, during an assignment at a pharmacy located near Tucson.


  1. Fear and jealousy are powerful forces in the field of pharmacy Jason.

  2. And no matter what you do, there's always going to be that one person in each pharmacy who has to push the limits.

  3. Like I said, you'd better expect the hate if you want to be a floater.

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