Pharmacist and Pharmacy Personnel Well-Being and Resiliency
Every sector of pharmacy is stressed and doing more with less. As the leading organization caring about pharmacists and pharmacy personnel in all practice settings, we are committed to addressing the well-being and resiliency of pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmaceutical scientists and, ultimately, patients.
Read more about the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience for which APhA is a ”network organization” and where you can find additional resources on this topic.
Current APhA initiatives
Pharmacy environment and administrative burdens
The centerpiece of APhA’s advocacy work continues to be “provider status.” A driver to improving well-being is receiving recognition as a member of the health care team and patients having access to, and coverage of, your quality patient care services. Caring about you as a practitioner and the patients you serve guides our efforts. In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, we are addressing ways to decrease administrative burdens, including:
- Ongoing work to reform prior authorization requirements
- Advocacy comments federal government policy making
- APhA policies debated and adopted by our House of Delegates
- Our role in the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Skill development and training
Self-care has not been historically the priority in pharmacy practice that it is now. Recognizing and addressing our own professional and personal needs and vulnerabilities ultimately support our ability to provide optimal patient care. Rising national stress means more opportunities for pharmacist intervention. When your patients are at risk, your expertise and caring are needed. Don’t forget that you have stresses, and the need to take care of yourself is just as great.
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We connect you with colleagues
Connecting with a colleague can make a big difference. Hearing that you’re not alone or that colleagues in other workplaces and practice setting are dealing with similar issues can help you manage stress or handle difficult situations.
Make connections on APhA’s online networking platform Engage. Not only is it convenient, it’s free to APhA members.