I didn’t write this. A fellow pharmacist did, but I certainly can understand her. To all my other fellow pharmacists, can you relate? Moreover, she has some suggestions to help with burnout. We need to take care of ourselves because we know some of the people we work for/with don’t think about our good.
I realized I was suffering from a burnout after I have snapped at my patient. This occurred after I have already worked an 8-hour shift in a fast pace specialty pharmacy, processing orders that were needed for severe infections, cancer patients, or patients in palliative care. All of these orders required special attention. After a day of exhaustion, I was called to help out a local retail pharmacy.
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