$52.44 to $65.66 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Bachelor of science (BSc) degree in pharmacy
Pharmacists play a key role in providing patients with quality health care services. They work to ensure patients' drug treatment plans are safe, effective and support their medical care plan. Pharmacists are responsible for overseeing the preparation and distribution of prescription medication and other controlled substances and equipment. They review patient prescriptions and drug information to look for warnings and potential interactions with other medications or treatments.
Pharmacists also provide medication information and counselling to patients and their families, caregivers and other health care professionals. As well, they monitor the effects and outcomes of drug therapies. In some cases, they may be responsible for prescribing medications, ordering and following laboratory tests, administering injections and physical assessment of patients.
Pharmacists are encouraged to work to their full scope of practice, working directly with patients and other members of the health care team. In addition, pharmacists may supervise and direct the work of other pharmacy staff, including pharmacy technicians and assistants. They might also deliver educational sessions to other health care professionals.
Pharmacists work in various types of facilities, including hospitals, community health offices, cancer care centres, ambulatory clinics and home care. Depending on the size and type of facility, pharmacists in dispensaries may work independently or as part of a larger team comprised of other pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants.
When working on a patient care unit or in a hospital clinic, pharmacists work within an interprofessional team including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dieticians, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health care professionals.
Pharmacists may work full or part-time hours, or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, weekend and holiday shifts, as well as on-call duty.
Pharmacists may find themselves doing some lifting and pushing in their work and might sit or stand for long periods of time. As well, the job typically requires the performance of some repetitive tasks and motions. When handling and dispensing medications and other controlled items, pharmacists must use caution to avoid causing harm to themselves and others.