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    Senior pharmacists: Too busy to retire

     

    "I love pharmacy"

    George Golish, PharmD, doesn’t have time to work more than occasionally. The 83-year-old got his PharmD at 72 and still does 150 hours of continuing education. Every year. California requires 30 hours every two years.

    “I keep my CE and my license current, because you never know when the need could come up,” he said. “I could work 10 days a week if I wanted to. There is that much need for pharmacists with experience.”

    Charles Gawronski limits his work week to 50 hours as a hospital pharmacy supervisor in Chicago and a weekend staff RPh at a nearby hospital. At 71, Gawronski is the oldest pharmacist at both hospitals and supervises three others over the age of 65.

    “I love pharmacy,” Gawronski told Drug Topics. “When people ask why I’m still working, I tell them it’s my play time. If you can’t have fun at work, where can you have fun? I work in a pressure cooker of an acute-care hospital, but all it takes is a joke to calm things down. If you can’t adapt, if you expect things to be handed to you, just possibly you’re not in the right place.”

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    • MICHAELWSTEWART
      A brand new study states that more than a quarter of Americans with 401(k)s and other retirement accounts are dipping into those accounts before retirement to pay the bills. Maybe you should get a personal finance instead of taking cash out of retirement.
    • Anonymous
      P.S. F___ corporate pharmacy -- may all you district managers, HR, and your henchmen rot in h-ll...Your day will come...
    • Anonymous
      Amen. The systematic "weed-out" in the chains now begins even before 60. Supervalu (JewelOsco) began the process for me 5 years ago (and I am not yet 60), chiseling away my hours, benefits, ability to freelance independently by channeling all relief needs thru the corporate office rather than store level. I left the profession to re-tool as a mental health provider, where I now have benefits, work no nights or weekends, and enjoy JOB SATISFACTION. When I was coming up, senior pharmacists were respected and had a place in the organization. I no longer see that attitude, at least in this labor market (urban Midwest). More power to those lucky RPhs in this article. They are a dying breed (no pun intended)...
    • Anonymous
      These gentlemen must be the exceptions rather than the rule since it's common knowledge in the profession that many chains are working to dump all pharmacists over 60
    • MorganWilliams
      But that was 2000 when there was a real demand for pharmacists, I live in Winston Salem. CVS got rid of me when I was 60. That was 6 years ago. Are things better in Texas? Should I move there?
    • Mr. SLefkow
      Morgan Williams: Hey, don't move yet. Have you tried the "temp agencies". We have a few here in Florida and I've been able to pick and choose my days to work. Maybe it's a good thing or not, but you're not expected to know one helluva lot when you get to a place for the first time. You're only there for a day or two -- a warm body with a license -- and my hat size increases when, always on the second time at a job or late in the first day, the owner or chief RPh says, "How'd you like to work here regular?" or, when I decline, "Well, how about regular part-time?". If there are no such agencies in your area, you might visit some independents and let them know you're available for vacations, illness, etc. They'd be looking for someone local, experienced, with good reputation.