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    Women gain ground in pharmacy profession


    Quality of home-work balance

    High levels of home-work conflict were documented by more than 50% of the pharmacists in traditional community pharmacy settings, independent pharmacy owners/partners, and hospital pharmacies. However, males rated greater job satisfaction and having a higher level of control in their work environment than females, the survey indicated.

    “Home-work conflict is about the same among females and males,” explained Lynette R. Bradley-Baker, vice president of public affairs and engagement, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “As far as higher levels of job satisfaction [among males] is an area that could be looked into a little deeper.”

    Obviously, if one feels that he or she has more control in the work environment, it is understandable that one would have higher job satisfaction, Bradley-Baker noted.

    “Pharmacy schools prepare students to be change agents. They prepare them to go into their work environment, not only ready to work, but to look for ways to enhance the services and the work culture.

    “It would be interesting to see if there is a gap between older males and older females and younger males versus younger females,” she noted.

    Lack of independent female pharmacy owners

    Independent pharmacy is still a male-dominated area in the pharmacy profession. According to the workforce survey, approximately 2.4% of women were owners or partners in independent pharmacy.

    Possible reasons for this include financial barriers, lack of business/financial acumen, and lack of confidence in ability to secure financing, according to Sulzer.

    “What we do in the Women in Pharmacy program [at Cardinal Health], we try to demystify the process of getting financing,” said Sulzer.

    With help from Live Oak Bank and other financial institutions, the Women in Pharmacy program helps assist women with the financial acumen to secure the resources to purchase a pharmacy. The program is useful in simplifying the process and providing options for potential owners.

    “We offer Pharmacy Finance 101—explaining a balance sheet, an income statement, ways to make money, and what is involved,” she said. “We address these issues in our boot camps.”

    Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
    Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.


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