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WORKFORCE: Shortage of hospital pharmacists lessening but could use more pharmacy techs with experience

The perceived shortage of pharmacists is in decline, while the perceived shortage of pharmacy technicians, especially those with years of experience, is increasing.”

Results of a nationwide survey of hospital pharmacy directors about workforce and staffing are reported in this article.  The good news is that there is a robust supply of entry-level hospital pharmacists.  Reportedly still in shortage are managers and experienced pharmacy technicians.

Source: Schneider, P.J., and others. (2019, August). ASHP national survey of pharmacy practice in hospital settings: Workforce-2018. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 76(15), 1127-1141.  Click here for abstract: https://academic.oup.com/ajhp/article-abstract/76/15/1127/5532641?redirectedFrom=fulltext  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP: Staffing ratio for hospitals

The recommendation for staffing of a comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship program in a hospital setting was developed based on a study done in 12 Veterans Health Administration hospitals.  The recommended staffing guideline is:

  • 1 FTE pharmacist per 100 occupied beds

Source: Echevarria, K., and others. (2017, November). Development and application of an objective staffing calculator for antimicrobial stewardship programs in the Veterans Administration. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 74(21), 1785-1790. Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.ajhp.org/content/74/21/1785.long  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org