With the “aging of America,” the number of people needing long-term care can be expected to increase.
Long-term care pharmacists practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals that own skilled nursing facilities, long-term care pharmacies, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities, or they may practice as independent consultants. Pharmacists in this field work with medication dosage requirements, drug interactions, drug therapy regimens, and formulary decisions that differ from those used in other population segments. They can be restricted to a limited number of medications to treat patients because of the greaterinteractive effects of drugs in elderly patients.
What aspects of the job are most appealing?
Twenty-four percent of the respondents indicated flexibility of the position as the most appealing aspect of their work.
What advice should students and practitioners consider when selecting the option oflong-term care pharmacy?
- Be prepared to deal closely with the prescribers.
- Be aware of the travel and working alone.
- You must have good people and communication skills and the ability to work with little direction.
- Long-term care is a unique practice helping the most vulnerable population—elderly and disabled.
For information on jobs for Long Term Care Pharmacists, contact: AHS PharmStat A Leading Pharmacy Staffing Agency www.ahspharmstat.com
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