PharmacyThisWeek: Ranting and Job Hunting, Same or Different / 3500+ New & 13K+ Total Jobs

February 14, 2017


Welcome to PharmacyThisWeek!

Over the weekend, I was looped in (read: dragged in) to a politically charged Facebook thread. It was one of those posts in which the initial author gets everyone revved up and then his responders spend the day trying to enlighten one another (or put one another in their places), in suppppperrr long rants back and forth (think: 500+ word blobs of text).

Always terrific fun.

I admittedly could not, would not, did not read through the entire thread (because: COOKING, PEOPLE. I was cooking), but I did catch the gist of why I was being copied into the conversation — It was a post intending to get small business owners all fired up about the taxes we’re unfairly paying and how outrageous the entire system is. If I understood correctly, it was assumed that I was going to jump in and gripe and complain about my hard earned money being wrenched from my clutches and used in stupid ways by the government.

I did not get sucked in. I made one quick response about how I believe I’m here on this earth to support and help others, both through the services I offer and the tax dollars I contribute. And then I went back to my cooking, lol!

Does that mean I’m not annoyed when stories of wasteful government hit the media? Nope. Does it mean I’m a Socialist? Nope. Does it mean I don’t pay attention to or care about what’s going on in my country, in our world? Absolutely not.

It means that I refuse to spend a precious Saturday blowing hot air out onto Facebook, because it doesn’t just waste my time …

… it doesn’t do anything to improve the situation.

These characters spent at least half of their Saturday madly attempting to set one another straight (which, as we all know, is not going to happen on FACEBOOK), to get the other guy to “see the light.”

And at the end of the day, guess what? Nothing was different, for any of them. Sure, you had a half dozen people feeling significantly more riled up than they had earlier in the day, but from the standpoint of actually making an improvement or change, not one of them made their personal situations any better.

A similar thing plays out sometimes among frustrated job seekers.

When you’re trudging through a lengthy job search, it can start feeling tremendously unjust. You may feel angry at HR people for being so impersonal, at hiring managers who judge you unfairly, at the software system that weeds you out without even giving you a chance, at the U.S. government for shipping so many jobs overseas, or at robots for doing things faster, more accurately and cheaper than we mere mortals can. (Don’t be mad at robots. They’re awesome.)

You may rant and rave to anyone who will hear you out.

And this is understandable. There’s a lot to get angry about when you get down to it, because the overall staffing and recruitment system (much like the system that decides on the formulas for who pays what in taxes) is convoluted and imperfect. It’s messy. It’s overly complicated. It doesn’t always deliver fair results. It’s a beast.

But guess what? It’s the system we’re working with right now.

Given this, you really have a few choices:

  1. Get mad at how the system works and complain and complain about how unfair or bad or stupid it is (a la the Facebook rant),
  2. Decide that you’re not willing to play this game, and find another way to earn a living (e.g. start your own small business, so long as you can deal with the aforementioned “paying taxes” part), or
  3. Accept that you’re dealing with a messy, imperfect system, and figure out strategies that enable you to move forward in spite of its messiness and imperfectness.

I mean, that’s really it. Sure, you can commit yourself to helping the universe make a better system — for both job search and for the tax code — but that’s probably not going to improve your personal situation in the short-term.

So, what are you going to do?

Are you going to spend hours and hours griping about the ugliness of the system, or find tangible ways to improve your situation, take control and roll forward?

I vote the latter all day long.

I’m sure you do, too.

Please know that my heart is truly with every frustrated job seeker. Every one of you. I know it’s ridiculously hard and overly complicated. I know that it’s not fair. I know it shouldn’t be about your age, or what you look like or if you match up exactly to the job description or not (because, who does?) And I know that the technology that supports the staffing process benefits the hiring companies much more than the job seeker. (Because, duh, that’s where the money is.)

But I also know it’s not hopeless. I’ve worked with and seen so many, many people who have won at this, even when they were quite certain everything was working against them. Even when all they wanted to do was yell and kick and scream about how awful it all is.

I’ve helped them build strategies. I’ve redirected their energy toward activities that will actually move them forward. I’ve helped them negotiate better offers or launch small businesses. And I’ve raised a glass (both in person and virtually) to celebrate with them when they prevail.

And I will gladly break away from my cooking to help you do the same.

If you’re interested …

You are not broken, the system is. Let’s get you into something great regardless. And we have 13,171 different ways to do it!


Pharmacist Demand Indicator (Highest Demand AK / Lowest Demand NV)

PDI by State
PDI by Region
PDI by Setting


The Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI) reports perceptions of the demand for pharmacists among a panel of individuals that participate in the hiring of pharmacists on a direct and regular basis.


National Pharmacist Demand
Average Response

Overall PDI Generalist/Staff Managers Specialized
Unweighted 3.00 3.11 3.13
Population Adjusted 2.97 3.18 3.34
Response Weighted 2.97 3.15 3.23

The unweighted value is the average of the state-level average ratings across the states; the response weighted value reflects the average when number of responses across states varied.


Demand Categories

5. High demand; difficult to fill open positions

4. Moderate demand; some difficulty filling open positions

3. Demand in balance with supply

2. Demand is less than the pharmacist supply available

1. Demand is much less than the pharmacist supply available



NAPLEX® Passing Rates for 2014-2016 Graduates Per Pharmacy School

I anticipated a drop with some recent changes in the NAPLEX, but the 2016 drop was substantial. What do you all think the root cause was?

The NAPLEX has been getting a facelift over the last few years. I wrote a while back about the changes in the NAPLEX and gave you some speculation about what might happen and why changes were being made. You can go back and read that here if you are interested.

Back to the 2016 NAPLEX results. The drop from 2015 to 2016 was much bigger than I had thought it would be. I expected a decrease in pass rate, but not that big. I will focus on the first time attempts. The numbers:

  • 2014 NAPLEX pass rate 94.88% – very respectable
  • 2015 NAPLEX pass rate 92.64% – a drop, but not a crazy one
  • 2016 NAPLEX pass rate 85.86% – HARD TO IGNORE THAT DROP

Why did it drop so much? This obviously needs to be looked at closely.

Clinical pharmacists employed by VA have increased nearly 50% in 5 years (We have 140+ open jobs re-freshed daily at!)

Something astonishing has happened in the past year to outpatient treatment at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital here

In-store clinics catching on, studies find

Findings from a pair of studies reveal positive trends for retail health clinics.

LinkedIn has lost $100 million since Microsoft acquisition closed

And since it’s now a subsidiary, LinkedIn is no longer listing its member numbers. In its final quarter as an independent entity, it said membership grew 18 percent to 467 million.

272,000+ Facebook Friends & Fans! Our Facebook page surpassed 272,000 friends and fans and we’re ecstatic!!

Our LinkedIn and Facebook groups just continue to grow rapidly and now exceed 327,000 members. If you want to laugh (or at least smile!) please “Like” our Facebook group. If you would like a more serious side of pharmacy, more discussion and our latest job posts, please join our LinkedIn group. Please feel free to spread the word too!!

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We are really adding a LOT of new jobs lately, 3,500+ last week alone! You can see them all here but also please check out the following NEW advertisers. I would also appreciate you forwarding this email on to anyone who is looking for a new opportunity. Thank you very much!!


Welcome to the following new advertisers!

Board Certification Program In Medical Affairs, Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)
Cox Health, Springfield, Branson, Monett, Ozark & Republic, MO
Dipna Rx/Fuller Drug, Bronx, NY
Kingman Regional Medical Center, Kingman, AZ
JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Lourdes Health System, Camden, Trenton, Willingboro, NJ
Marshall Medical Center, Placerville, CA
Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO
Pharmapreneur Academy
Preferred Homecare, 60 branches, Western United States
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago, IL
SSM Health Mid-Missouri Region, Jefferson City & Mexico, MO
St Joseph Health & Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, CA
Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Truckee, CA
The Investing Tutor
Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, AZ


We update the following employer’s openings each week so be sure and check out their latest available positions. Unless otherwise noted these employers have openings in multiple states so be sure and search on the state and/or job title you are most interested in. If you have any questions just let me know.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
All Children’s Hospital
Baptist Hospital of South Florida
Board Certification Program In Medical Affairs
Boston Medical Center
CareerStaff Rx
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
Centura Health
Commonwealth Health Corporation
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS)
Confluence Health
Cox Health
CVS Health
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital
Froedtert Health
Genoa, A QoL Healthcare Company
Greenville Health System
Innovatix / GNYHA
Intermountain Healthcare (UT and SE ID)
Jackson Pharmacy Professionals
JFK Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Lahey Health
Navitus Health Solutions
OnePoint Patient Care
Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Pharmapreneur Academy
PHI Pharmacy
Preferred Homecare
Providence Health & Services
RPh Professional Search
Saint Thomas Health
Samaritan Health Services
Script N Go
Sentara (SE VA and NE NC)
Skagit Regional Health
Soleo Health
Spectrum Health
St Helena Hospital Napa Valley
Swedish Medical Center
Tahoe Forest Hospital District
The Queen’s Medical Center
Triad Isotopes, Inc.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCLA Health
University of Utah
Veterans Administration

I hope everyone has a great week! You can always reach me at my email or cell number below, thanks!!

Kevin Mero
cell: 210 872-6160



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