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From The CriticsReviewer: Lori Hayman, M.Ed.(A. T. Still University)
Description: This overview of job opportunities in the field of healthcare management includes a brief description of each job, education and experience requirements, required core competencies and skills, compensation information, employment outlook projections, and resources to get further information.
Purpose: The authors wanted to inform readers about job options in the field and to provide them with a broad overview of the day-to-day responsibilities of these positions.
Audience: The intended audience is students who are considering a career in healthcare management. The book also would be a valuable resource for practicing healthcare professionals considering a job change. With a combined 60+ years of experience in healthcare management, the authors are credible sources. Their experience includes 20+ years serving as faculty and administrators in healthcare management degree programs, working as administrators in various healthcare settings (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.), serving as healthcare management consultants, and authoring numerous books and articles on the subject.
Features: The three chapters in the first section provide an overview of healthcare management, the available education options and opportunities, and possible career paths. The second section provides information on the 101 careers, grouped into categories (i.e. careers in acute care hospitals, careers in physician practice management, etc.). The career profiles are presented in a concise and easy to follow format and provide answers to questions commonly asked by someone researching a career. In addition to a brief job description, education and experience requirements, required core competencies and skills, compensation information, employment outlook projections, and additional resources, some career summaries include profiles of individuals who currently hold the position that share their answers to questions such as, "What is the most challenging part of your job?", "What path did you take to get to where you are today?", "What do you consider to be the best part of your job?", and "What advice do you have for someone who is interested in a job such as yours?" The final section forecasts future trends in healthcare and how these trends will impact careers in healthcare management. Although the career profiles are strong in presentation and content, the style of the other sections of the book lacks a smooth flow and is a bit difficult to follow.
Assessment: Overall, however, this book would be a valuable resource for students who are interested in an overview of the multitude of career options available to them in healthcare management. While it lacks visual appeal, it is strong on career information.