Its pretty bad when I have a post-it (Upsher-Smith Klor-Con no less) with all the website fodder I think of during the day.
I’ve ranted and bitched on here about nurses, “nurses”, and other health care people about their lack of verbal English skills, but I think its time for me to shit in my own profession gene pool a bit. Now I’m the last one to bitch about someone’s written grammar, however in this case we are talking about verbal skills.
To be an effective pharmacist, you need to speak clear English. Plain and fucking simple.
I get really pissed off when a pharmacist calls for a copy only for me to hear nothing but vowel noises on the other line. Sure, you may have more therapeutic and clinical data in your genitalia than I do in my entire body. Sure, you may be able to recite LexiComp and Facts verbatim to me. You may be the fucking master of warfarin dosing or can just recite off a Vancomycin dose like Rainman.
However if you cannot speak clear English, you have no business in retail pharmacy. Sorry, that’s the truth here. Go work in a hospital or in mail order or somewhere where the public isn’t going to be talking to you.
Yeah, this sounds like a total dick-move on my part, but think about it. To be a good pharmacist, you need to be able to speak to your patients and other health care professional in a clear a concise manner. Patients (as stupid as they may be) should not have to guess or decipher what you are saying. Other health care professionals can barely speak English, so why add to the confusion with your own lack of English skills? We are the forefront of free advice, why confuse the matter (and the patients) even more than they already are?
This isn’t a dig towards one specific nationality or background, its just the cold hard truth being delivered in the most un-politically correct way possible. Speak English. We expect it from everyone else, so why shouldn’t we expect it from you.