If you've been to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, you probably saw the "night show" with amazing dance routines done by students at the university there. If you haven't, be sure to go on your next visit to Hawaii.
Part of this show is the "fire dance" where various performers toss around sticks set ablaze with this dangerous chemical reaction.
These students earn money to pay for their tuition by working at the Polynesian Cultural Center. What you may not know is that during the time these fire dancers are on stage tossing around fire sticks, they're actually paid a wage much higher than the hourly rate because of the danger and risk of fire dancing.
So I have an idea. It seems reasonable.
If we as pharmacists are constantly going to be subjected to the taking the risk of working in a pharmacy without the necessary technician hours to create a safe environment, then we should be paid more. I think a good place to start, TO START, is by being paid the hourly wages of the technician hours we're allocated but not getting.
If your pharmacy is slated to get 68 tech hours a week and you're only getting 56, then the other 12 hours' wages should be paid to the pharmacists that take the risk from not having enough technician help.
A modest proposal? No, I'm actually serious. The stress of not having enough help and the inherent danger isn't really much different than playing with fire.