National Pharmacy Week
Recognizing Pharmacy Heros
PharmCon wants to acknowledge and celebrate National Pharmacy Week by providing Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Nurses practical resources to support you in your critical efforts. We also wanted to provide the pharmacy community a platform to support each other by giving you the opportunity to submit words of encouragement or tips that have helped you stay motivated and endure the pandemic’s challenges.
The mental health, self-care, and words of encouragement videos above were provided by freeCE and The Rx Consultant’s expert faculty. Though we hope these resources serve as motivation and assist you in your day-to-day challenges, we also realize that these resources alone may not be enough. That is why we also encourage reaching out to the following organizations if you feel you or someone you know need help:
- Be The one to Help Save a Life: a partnership between the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- CDC’s First Responder guide to “How to Cope with Stress”
- Crisis Text Line: a resource for anyone in any type of crisis, providing free 24/7 support via text
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Comments, Tips, & Words of Encouragement
Be the BEST you can be every day! It’s not always going to be the same, but just try! You are Important to so many people, you are Special and you are Kind! Kindness is the most wonderful gift we can share and it doesn’t cost a thing! Sprinkle Kindness everywhere! — Kirsten G.
Please take the time to ask your coworkers how they are doing. Listen to them, and truly engage with them. — Benjamin B.
I work for a large retail corporation and have been a pharm tech for 25 years. I know things can get really tough. But hang in there. Things are ALWAYS changing .. good, bad, you’ll get through it! I just try to remain positive have a smile say something nice. You’ll get through it! — Laureen S.
Take care of your team and they will take care of you. — Christine D.
Stay focused, stay up to date, and know you are not alone. Most importantly be kind to yourself and STAY STRONG. — Martha B.
For all of those pharmacists and techs volunteering, my special thanks for having such a commitment to the community (especially the Latino one), providing care, time to listen, and dedication. Keep up the great work you do, and don't forget to laugh (it is the best medicine to heal). — Mariangela S.
It has been an extremely challenging time in the hospital and continues to be. In the very beginning when nobody knew exactly what to do it was teamwork that pulled us through. There was no policy in place for us yet. As a department, the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians had to brainstorm on the spot how to best meet the needs of our covid patients. If we don't work together it simply doesn't work. — Theresa Lynn M.
Please remember that everyone in healthcare is suffering. Whether or not the work done is at the bedside, in the lab, in the Pharmacy or behind a desk, the past year has been very difficult. Supporting each other is the only way to get through. Encourage, educate, acknowledge, inspire, reassure, share, cheer, promote, collaborate, validate, motivate, excite, etc. Do whatever you have to do to keep the stress down, spirits up, and focus forward. A sincere thank you for all of MY supporters. God Bless!! — Teresa P
Just keep swimming. I keep reminding myself that I’m only struggling right now and NOT failing. Find a good support system whether it’s a bountiful tribe of people or a much smaller circle of people who love and support you. And remember it takes courage to speak out and ask for help. — Breanna C.
We can get through this and come out of this stronger than ever. We need to be there for each other and really listen! We will stand tall and be proud of all we do! — Lisa M.
Thank you to all my fellow pharmacists! I won't begin to give advice on coping since it caused a horrible flare from stress, but just wanted to give solidarity to all of you! Especially to my technicians both past and present! You all are the backbone that helps the day run smoothly! — Casey U.
Have a person that is your sounding board. Don’t keep it inside. Seek help. — Ashley S.
I've been a technician with a regional grocery chain for the past ten years and have a true cross-section of humanity as a patient base. We see it all and are expected to know it all and be able to do it all. It can be so frustrating and thankless and even demoralizing -- but know this: you are making a true difference in people's lives. You may not be thanked for it or compensated fairly for it, but you're doing it. Show up. Do your job to the best of your ability. Ask for help, no matter the type, when you need it. Above all else, be kind to yourselves. You deserve it and have earned it. — Chip D.
-Learn from mistakes -Gain the knowledge not the frustration -Communicate with your peers and have workplace transparency -Always start and end the day with a smile — Timothy M,
Sign up for updates and Pharmacy Week giveaways
Each day, we'll be selecting winners for freeCE products, and one winner will also get their choice of a self-care gift! By signing up once, you'll be eligible for all of our daily giveaways. We also encourage anyone signing up to offer tips and comments in the section above.
Monday, October 18: freeCE Rx News Connection
Tuesday, October 19: Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Immunization Specialty Certificate
Wednesday, October 20: freeCE’s Contraceptive Care Specialty Pharmacist Certificate OR Long-Acting Injectables Specialty Pharmacist Certificate
Thursday, October 21: freeCE Unlimited CE Membership
Friday, October 22: 100 FREE seats to freeCE’s October 27th live webinar “Beyond the Classroom: Pharmacy Job Market” roundtable discussion
Each day, one winner will also get their choice of a self-care gift! We know self-care means something different to everyone, get what you need with your choice of:
- Amazon Prime Gift Card: 3 months streaming, e-books, and free delivery
- Darden Gift Card: Can be used at Olive Garden, Yard House, Seasons 52, etc.
- Lush Gift Card: Bath bombs, soaps, skincare, and more