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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This book outlines what qualities are needed for leadership positions and how to develop appropriate skills to meet the demands of healthcare management. It provides useful guidelines to help readers contemplating a career in health management to determine whether it would be a good fit.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an honest description of what healthcare management is, as well as some of the multiple responsibilities, roles, and functions needed to succeed in management.
Audience: This is an excellent resource for those contemplating moving into healthcare management as it provides realistic descriptions of what management positions entail. It also would be helpful for current managers as a review of the principles of management and leadership.
Features: The examples from the field are the highlights of this book. These vignettes from healthcare managers working in multiple roles and organizations provide a realistic perspective of the attributes necessary for strong leadership. The examples include challenges managers face and how they process information and make decisions. These leadership summaries are a key component of the book, providing illustrations of a healthcare manager's actual role and responsibilities. Charts, tables, and bulleted lists illustrate points clearly, and self-assessment tools evaluate leadership traits. A very useful feature is the resource list which includes many of the websites and organizations that support healthcare managers and provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for those new to management.
Assessment: This is an easy read full of useful information to help in the decision-making process about career advancement into leadership roles in healthcare.