Pharmacist (Episode 40)

Great growth potential
and the satisfaction of helping people. That’s the prescription for a rewarding career
as a pharmacist. Hello. Hi. I’m Brian.

Brian, I’m Heather. Nice to meet you. Do you want to come in?
I’ll show you a little bit more about what we do. Please. Pharmacist is basically a person that helps people through providing them with medications in a safe and effective manner. In a typical day, I dispense medications, I look at patients’ profiles to see, you know,
what medications they’re on, I do a little bit of in-service
with the nursing homes around here where I go to care conferences
where we speak with the doctors and the, um, caregivers
to help come up with the best, uh, health strategy for the patients. Pharmacist definitely has to give good directions to the patients about their medication and about what it’s going to do for them, side-effects, or if there is anything they should watch out for that’s very important. I really liked chemistry, going to school and, um, so I was trying to think of something
that I can, you know, do a bit of that. and I also wanted to help people
and be in health care. So, this is a sterile flow hood where we make preparations, um,
that are sterile for injection. Wow, cool. So everything is contained in here. You really got to be good with your hands. Obviously, these are two sleeves right? You’re– Yes.

–mixing things that are– Yeah. We’re using needles to draw out medication and put it in other, um, things to be injected. Duties that a pharmacist performs
is preparing medications for patients, talking with patients to find out, um,
what the problems are with their health, and explaining to them some of the information that goes along with certain conditions. To become a pharmacist, you’ll need to go to university
or college for at least a year and once you’re accepted into pharmacy
it’s a four-year program. You come out with
a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Just after, you write a qualifying exam
to get your licence. Hours of work as a pharmacist, um,
can vary greatly. It’s usually a eight-hour job. Some places the pharmacist works 12-hour shifts. It all really depends on where you work. So over here, as you can see,
is where we keep all the medications. Mm-hmm. This is where we do the inputting in the computer for the prescriptions,
prepare the prescriptions– –Everything’s done on software now right? I mean, everything’s kind of organized. You can see their past prescriptions, as well as the one
that they’re currently receiving? Exactly, yes. And this, here, is where we do compounding
with the, um, topical preparations. Cool. And this is, this big machine back here is for um, making medications in strip packagings that we send out to nursing homes in the area. Okay. You have to be very good with numbers because you have to do math
every single day in the pharmacy just to make sure that you’re giving
the right dose, um, to the patient. There’s a lot of avenues
you can take afterwards. You know, a lot of pharmacists have gone on to get their medical degree and become doctors, which is very helpful for them
to have the pharmacy background because they have a bit more
knowledge about the medications and how they are going
to affect the patient’s they treat. The most rewarding thing
is to have a patient come back and tell you all about how much you helped them
and you helped their health. If you want to become a pharmacist,
I would say go for it. Um, it’s a great job.
It’s, you’re helping people and you’re helping them with their health, and making a difference in people’s lives. Well, thank you very much
for showing me around, today. I really had a good time. You’re welcome. Thanks for coming. Take care.

Bye. Once again, I’m Brian for Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time.