Best/worst states in which to practice?

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  1. eeyore spice

    eeyore spice 7+ Year Member

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    Easiest/fewest requirements? Most privileges/respect? I'm willing to pack up and move just about anywhere for my PGY1, so let's hear your opinions for where residents/pharmacists have it easiest. If there's a website that compares pharmacy-related state laws, that would be awesome.
     
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  3. Markovnikov

    Markovnikov 2+ Year Member

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    FL seems like a pretty cool state to work in where RPh has prescriptive authority and there is no state income tax. FL is also popular state for people to go and retire so the senior citizens will help ensure there are plenty of pharmacist jobs/positions available.
     
  4. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    You should apply for this residency

    http://accred.ashp.org/aps/pages/directory/residencyProgramInformation.aspx?ID=201444
     
  5. charfdorn

    charfdorn 2+ Year Member

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  6. njac

    njac Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Since when do pharmacists have prescriptive authority in Florida?
     
  7. J ROD

    J ROD Watch my TAN walk!! Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

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    Just work at the VA......:idea:
     
  8. J ROD

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    I hear rural Texas is good....
     
  9. Sarapary

    Sarapary 5+ Year Member

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    What about California? small size cities
     
  10. cycloketocaine

    cycloketocaine 7+ Year Member

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    Rural Oklahoma is better.
     
  11. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    The VA is great, but people shouldn't think they are going to be RXing stuf all the time. The majority of VA pharmacists don't have RX privs and those that do work under a protocol (anti-coag, MTM, etc).
     
  12. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl brr 10+ Year Member

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    Iglooland. Progressive with MTM, still jobs in rural Igloo villages. I like it here.
     
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  15. eeyore spice

    eeyore spice 7+ Year Member

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    ...I didn't know any of them had privileges. So they're independent of state laws?

    Maybe I should have asked what's the best state to work in and why?
     
  16. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    The VA doesn't follow any state laws. You should know by now that national governmnet facilities are exempt from state laws
     
  17. owlegrad

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

    hehe
     
  18. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    spell check is for weenies...
     
  19. Dr Pillian

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    My pharmacy manager told me that MI is the worst state to practice pharmacy in. She suggested going to TX or any southwestern state.
     
  20. pharmk011

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    Hey all,

    I was hoping to get this thread going again... I am currently a PGY1 at a hospital in the midwest. I have experience with practicing pharmacy in 3 states. My husband will be matching into a medical residency next year and we could move pretty much anywhere. Besides WI, MN and IA, I am pretty unfamiliar with the pros/cons of pharmacy in other states. The only thing I've heard is New York is not a great place to practice due to limited responsibilities of pharmacists (never experienced this though, just heard from a few people).

    Any thoughts of which states are the most progressive in terms of pharmacy practice? Thanks!
     
  21. bacillus1

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    I am quite disappointed in the VA. I talked to 10 VAs at Midyear, and most of them (besides ones in small towns) told me they either don't hire on their residents, or maybe hire 1 out of 4.
     
  22. vaughnpereira

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    I'm curious about this as well...
     
  23. Glycerin

    Glycerin Commercially Unavailable Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    WA state is super rad. At my hospital, we have lots of prescriptive protocols, and WA pharmacists are allowed to administer medications as well. Also, no state income tax (but high sales tax :p).
     
  24. IndustryPharmD

    IndustryPharmD Here to Help SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

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    I've heard some scary things about Michigan too...

    New Jersey is decent, so are those of the Plains states where I have worked.

    Though had I not chosen industry, I would have signed up for the Indian Health Service. :)
     
  25. CUpharmD2013

    CUpharmD2013 7+ Year Member

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    Please enlighten a future MI pharmacist, privately if you'd like :scared:
     

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