I love my job, but my workplace leaves much to be desired
Pharmacy Technician, Informaticist (Current Employee) – Chapel Hill, NC – May 6, 2018
UNC Healthcare has a culture of acceptance, tolerance and diversity. The general work environment is quite good. The benefits are average considering it's a red state and very much against universal healthcare.
The biggest problem is the pharmacy department itself. Technicians are not highly regarded. For the average technician in the Inpatient pharmacy duties are dumbed down to the point of discouraging independent thought. There is only one technician classification and job description. Any technicians who advance their skills and education and achieve specialties fall under the same job description and classification as a regular delivery technician. The only marker for raises is years of service. So the salaries for specialties like chemo, IV, investigational, informatics and such are not only the lowest in the immediate area but, in some cases, the lowest in the nation.
It's a direct result of pharmacy management. The issue has been talked about and considered for years but is constantly pushed aside. There simply isn't the regard and respect given to technicians as given to other positions in the pharmacy.
It also means the turn-over rate for technicians is extremely high.
It's especially frustrating since I consider UNC's pharmacy to be extremely modern and forward thinking in its core objectives. There aren't many places where the healthcare training and experience of pharmacy technicians is better. The rewards, however, are, in my opinion and experience, abysmal.
Decent benefits, good life/work balance, excellent training, modern techniques