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Planning the pharmacy workforce: who are the happy pharmacists?

In the third of five articles on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’spharmacy workforce survey, David Guest, Ali Budjanovcanin and PatriciaOakley examine the various factors that affect job satisfaction andcommitment among pharmacists

by David Guest, Ali Budjanovcanin and Patricia Oakley

In the third of five articles on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s pharmacy workforce survey, David Guest, Ali Budjanovcanin and Patricia Oakley examine the various factors that affect job satisfaction and commitment among pharmacists

 

Summary

In last week’s article (p598) we reported on pharmacists’ career priorities, on how they viewed their jobs and on their “psychological contract” with their employer, based on the results of the 2004 pharmacists workforce survey conducted for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by a team from King’s College London. We now take this a step further to explore various aspects of job satisfaction and commitment.

One aim is to identify what sort of pharmacists are more satisfied with their jobs and what sort face challenges to their well-being by experiencing stress and work-life conflict. A second aim is to explore how committed pharmacists are to their career in pharmacy.

This will have a bearing both on satisfaction and also on whether pharmacists want to stay in the profession or move on to other things, an issue we will take up in the next article.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10040671

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