Forty-nine hospital pharmacy managers responded to the 2007
APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program
survey. Eighty-two percent of respondents indicated having an entry-levelpharmacy degree with 56% having a PharmD degree. Eight percent have an advanceddegree such as an MA, MS, or MBA. Forty percent have completed a residency, 27%indicated they had been through certificate training, and 16% said they had completed someform of additional training. The respondents’ average age was 41 years old. Slightly over two thirds of the respondents(69%) were female. Annual income data indicate that 47% report an income between$80,000–$100,000. Thirty-seven percent earn more than $100,000, with 2% earning morethan $170,000. Respondents represented 38 states. The majority of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their work, with 52%indicating “extremely satisfied” and 35% indicating “somewhat satisfied.” Respondents saidthat they felt the work was challenging, with 39% indicating “extremely challenging” and51% indicating “somewhat challenging.” One respondent from Ohio summed up thechallenge by stating, “There is always something new going on—new challenges, new technology, and new issues.” A New York respondent stated that hospital practice is “anenvironment that leads to daily challenges.”
What aspects of the job are most appealing?
Two characteristics were chosen by respondents as the most appealing. Twenty-two percentof respondents said that interaction with people was the most appealing aspect of their work. This included interactions with other pharmacists, nurses, patients, and physicians. Fourteenpercent indicated they enjoyed the challenges that the environment brings. Two other areas were both listed by 12% of the respondents: the variety of responsibilities and patient care.Compared with staff pharmacists, managers often have more predictable hours and they donot work as many weekends or “on call” hours as the pharmacy staff. A respondent from North Carolina stated enjoyment of the “clinical questions, working onprojects that come to fruition, and being a liaison for nurses and physicians.” Another fromPennsylvania stated that the “work environment including pharmacy peers, nursing, andphysicians” is appealing. An Iowa respondent stated the environment is “challenging andprovides a variety of responsibilities involved in a rural hospital setting.”
What aspects of the job are least appealing?
In a slight contrast to the most appealing aspects, 18% of respondents indicated thatemployee relations and the shortage of staff were the least appealing aspects of their role.Sixteen percent cited politics and bureaucracy. Another 14% indicated the workload andoccasional long hours as other concerns. A Washington, DC, respondent put it succinctly, “So much work, so little time!” Arespondent from Indiana stated frustration in “doing the paperwork necessary for meeting