Advice for new overnight CVS pharmacist

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  1. trailerpark

    trailerpark 2+ Year Member

    May 27, 2013
    Are they phasing out 7 on and 7 off as well?
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  3. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    So my boss sent an email to everyone involved today. Apparently, severance is years service minus one. So its actually slightly crappier than before. And they think they will be able to rehire once severance runs out.

    So I'll sit on my behind for a month, then get rehired ASAP.

    Unless you are a total hump, you'll get rehired. So the people with seniority are sort of silently pissed that everyone below them is getting what will equate to an extended paid vacation.

    Otherwise, I do have one great interview lined up for a non profit that is Mon thru Fri, 8-4/9-5 with on call. That's my unicorn position. Hoping for it, but not counting on it. It's the type of position I'd be insane not to take. If that falls through, PIC position awaits.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2015
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  4. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Remaining 24 hour stores still have 7 on 7 off for overnighters. Day shifters aren't supposed to have 7 on 7 off, though in a company as big as CVS I am sure some do it anyway.
  5. pharmguitar


    Oct 28, 2015
    I'm not sure about a ninety minute wait time, but at least 45-60 minute waits are to be expected. I have an overnight pharmacist that does this nearly every time he gets a rush, and the patients are quite understanding. You are there ALONE with possibly several other prescriptions that have already arrived. Anyone who disagrees with this has probably never worked overnights. I also work at CVS as an intern, and have stayed for a few late night shifts when we had the extra hours and my overnight was cool with it (almost always).

    If you get behind, just don't put anyone in as a waiter, and if you do, use "S" - special, which can flag a waiter for you without being counted towards your waiter metrics. Say you have a waiter and you've told them 45 minutes, and it's 11 p.m. Put them in as S1145P and it will print "Special" at the top of the drug label. Very useful for keeping yourself sane over night, and you keep your ready by wait time on your terms.

    If you think you can pound out a waiter in 10-15 minutes alone with several other waiters....all I can say is that you probably have never tried it. Good luck to you overnight guys, IDK how you stand it.
  6. Lnsean

    Lnsean 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2009
    Hope it works out for you, but I'd be suspicious of anything they promise me without having it in writing. I recently went part-time to pursue other things on my agenda and the thoughts of all these consolidation and cuts are making me a bit anxious.
  7. ChalupaBatman86

    ChalupaBatman86 2+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2013
    Can't help but wonder if displaced overnight pharmacists will be competing against the Target pharmacists reapplying for their jobs. Too bad they reduced the severance they promised. They should be concerned about all the disgruntled soon to be former pharmacists staffing their stores overnight right now.
  8. VeeSee

    VeeSee 7+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    So the general consensus is that jobs are being lost instead of created in an already super saturated market

    What a joke
  9. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006

    haha, I know what meant, but when I first read this I thought, wow, CVS is saving money by hiring pharmacists who no longer have a license to staff their store????
  10. farmadiazepine

    farmadiazepine 5+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    Dumbest company ever
  11. Apotheker2015

    Apotheker2015 2+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    I left CVS a while back. No more overnights, no more phone calls, no more patients.
  12. zelman

    zelman 7+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
    So a new hire's severance is that they owe CVS money? Good thinking Woonsocket.
  13. Sunshine98


    Feb 1, 2014
    well this sux for some of you. Fingers crossed you will be able to get on days and be in another position.
  14. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Good luck with the unicorn position. I had wanted to do the month long vaca followed by immediate rehire, but I am too chicken, lol. What if they only have some crappy far away store when my severance runs out? I am too risk averse to go for it. And I am basically happy with how things shook out (for now, we will see once I am at the new store how happy I am).
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  15. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    Didn't get unicorn position. CVS just rehired me at the same rate for day shift.
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  16. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    I am only liking this because it means you have a job. Not happy you didn't get the job.

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  17. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    I'm happy that I'm getting paid the same for day shift as I was for night shift.
  18. BMBiology

    BMBiology temporarily banned~! 10+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    Did they promise you a set number of hours? Do you still get the same benefits or were you hired as a new employee and have to wait a year?
  19. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    42hrs/week. Not sure yet on 401k. Seniority/vacation is the same. Health benefits definately have to wait, no way around it due to contract with Aetna. But that's okay, I actually like this Obamacare plan we have.
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  20. owlegrad

    owlegrad Uncontrollable Sarcasm Machine Staff Member SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    That's surprising to me, but hey congats.

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  21. genesis09

    genesis09 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    If you want, you can actually drop the Aetna plan if you become eligible for CVS insurance.
  22. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    No, Aetna is what CVS has. And they have to wait 3 months into employment to get me on and its not negotiable, I guess. I currently have a UHC plan with no deductible that I love.
  23. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    So no 401k for 3 months or so. I can deal with that.

    This new store is like I'm in another country. About 80% of the patients are Spanish speaking as their primary language. Prescriptions come e-scribed in Spanish. I'm sitting there with google translate trying to figure out what the directions are 4-5 times a day. I need to learn Spanish.
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  24. Old Timer

    Old Timer SDN Advisor SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    You will learn pharmacy Spanish in a hurry. It's amazing how I can communicate what's needed with my limited pigdin Spanish...... Dos tablets cuatro veces al dia
  25. Shohōsen


    Sep 19, 2015
    Well, several months later, my story has been overall similar to yours. The nightshift is not exactly what I thought it would be--extremely busy all night and very stressful with no technician help. The fact that we are the only 24 hr CVS in the area probably doesn't help. I have tried dayshifts at CVS and don't care for them much either. I am currently seeking a hospital job--still working at CVS until I find one though.

    Did I mention that my partner quit last February, and I have been the ONLY night pharmacist since then? I get a few days off here and there, but nowhere near the 7 off I am supposed to...but what really eats me up on the inside is the fact that I am not paid overtime to do this. It's only an extra $5 per hour at CVS and not appropriate compensation IMO for the toll this ordeal is taking on my personal life.
  26. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    How is this possible, when supposedly there are no pharmacist jobs?
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  27. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    Are you in WV or PA? I'm still desperately wanting a night shift position and I'm licensed in both...
  28. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    So guess who just got notified that he's going back to night a store 12 minutes from his house.

    I'm frickin' stoked right now.
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  29. Momus

    Momus 7+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Eww you gonna be doing 5 on/off 4 on/off? If your area is still doing 7 on 7 off, it's nice. Grats.
  30. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    7 and 7.
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  31. sosoo

    sosoo 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    cvs is losing Federal Employees at year end. night shifts are the first to go on lay off.
  32. ornithoptor

    ornithoptor long time observer 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2011
    North Carolina
    That is the most useful intel, and we should definitely take this into consideration. Let us not forget what W did when they lost Tricare.

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  33. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 "Bubs Depot!" 10+ Year Member

    If layoffs happen again, I'm right back to where I am now. Ft float.

    And with CVS, the target sups will probably be the first to go.
  34. Rouelle

    Rouelle 5+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    CVS specialty is losing Federal BC. I haven't seen anything about CVS and Federal cutting ties for normal, non-specialty, services. Of course, my not seeing it doesn't mean it's not happening...

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