Career Opportunities In Health Care Management: Perspectives From The Field

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Overview

Career Opportunities in Healthcare Management is a concise, reader-friendly, introductory healthcare management book that covers a wide variety of career opportunities in a broad range of direct healthcare settings--such as hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, and clinics--and non-direct health care settings, such as associations, managed care and health insurance companies, consulting firms, and medical supplier firms. Filled with first person accounts from health care managers working in the field, these profiles will engage the reader’s imagination, inform them of key issues associated with these important roles, as well as what makes these health care managers happy and eager to go to work in the morning. Beginning with an individualized 'Health Care Management Talent Quotient Quiz' and ending with a guide to finding a job in healthcare management, this hands on student-friendly and teacher-friendly text is the perfect resource for students of healthcare management, nursing, allied health, business administration, pharmacy, occupational therapy, public administration, and public health.

Features:

• The experienced authors use an active voice to grab the reader’s attention.

• An individualized Health Care Management Talent Quotient Quiz to assess each student’s baseline aptitude and identify skills gaps that need to be addressed.

• Over forty lively, first person profiles of health care managers working in the field covering everything from educational background and how they first became aware of health care management, through advice to future health care managers.
• Detailed appendices that include: resources for learning more about health care management; sample programs of study; job hunting advice; frequently used terms in advertisements, sample position descriptions, do’s and don’ts of interviewing, and a sample cover letter and resume.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN(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. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763759643
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 649,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Foreword Quint Studer xi

Foreword Leonard H. Friedman xiii

About the Authors xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 The Healthcare Management Workforce 1

Why Choose Healthcare Management? 2

The Origins of Healthcare Management 3

Growth and Opportunities 3

Healthcare Management Talent Quotient Quiz 5

Knowledge Base Required for Healthcare Management 7

Managerial Skills Required for Healthcare Management 9

Experiential Learning Required for Healthcare Management 12

Chapter Summary 13

Chapter 2 Understanding Healthcare Management 17

The Need for Management and Their Perspective 18

Management: Definition, Functions, and Competencies 19

Management Positions: The Control in the Organizational Hierarchy 21

Focus of Management: Self, Unit/Team, and Organization 24

Role of the Manager in Talent Management 26

Role of the Manager in Ensuring High Performance 26

Role of the Manager in Succession Planning 28

Chapter Summary 29

Chapter 3 Healthcare Management Practice Settings 33

Understanding Practice Settings: Direct and Non-Direct Care 33

Direct Care Settings 34

Ambulatory Care Organizations/Clinics 34

Health Departments: Local, County, State, and Federal 36

Hospitals 40

Hospital Systems 42

Physician Practices 44

Assisted Living Facilities 48

Nursing Homes 50

Retirement Communities 53

Wellness/Fitness Centers 55

Non-Direct Care Settings 57

Associations 57

Consulting Firms 59

Medical Suppliers 61

Managed Care Organizations/Health Insurers 63

Pharmaceutical Firms 65

Chapter 4 Perspectives from the Field: Profiles of Healthcare Managers 71

Sampling Matrix and Process for Developing Profiles 72

A Day in the Life of Healthcare Managers 73

Proportion of Time Spent on Management Functions 73

Use of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 74

Key Sources of Satisfaction 75

Profiles of Healthcare Managers 77

Larry M. Beck, MBA, MHA, FACHE 78

Michael C. Boblitz, MBA 81

Sandy Cave, RN, BSN 84

Stephanie Chisolm, PhD 87

Kristi Donovan, MS, CAE 90

Teresa L. Edwards, MHA, FACHE 93

Christopher Fanning, MHSA 96

Valerie Fearns 98

William J. Forbes, PhD 102

Harry Fox 104

Treg Fuller, MSS 106

Schuyler Fury 108

Theresa C. Honchar, LPN 112

Andrew Jones, MS 114

J. S. Parker Jones, IV, MS, CNHA, FACHCA 117

Michael Jurgensen, MHA 120

Sharon E. Kelley, RN, MS, NEA-BC 122

Mary Beth Kiser, MPH 125

Lauren Koontz 127

Jim Krauss, MHSA, FACHE 129

Amanda Llewellyn, MHA/MBA, FACHE 131

Jerod M. Loeb, PhD 135

Lew Lyon, PhD 137

Natassja Manzanero 140

Karen Maust 144

Michael J. McDonnell, MBA 147

Matt Neiswanger, MSW, LNHA 150

Ryan Novak 153

Ryan Papa 156

Reena Patel 160

Justine Powell 162

Jeff Richardson, MBA, LCSW-C 165

Andrea Saevoon 167

Jennifer R. Shapiro, MPH 169

Sunil K. Sinha, MD, MBA, FACHE 171

Justin E. Skinner, MFA, MBA 174

Wes Street, NHA 176

Richard J. Stull, FACHE 178

Jeanine Tyler 181

Jennifer Villani, MPH 184

Jason Vollmer 187

Tanisha Woodard 191

Chapter 5 Summary and Conclusions About the Profession 195

Themes from the Healthcare Manager Profiles 195

Interest in the Profession and Satisfaction 196

The Role of Mentors 197

Variation in Preparation, Experiences, and Roles 198

Challenges Faced by Healthcare Managers 199

Growth Areas for Healthcare Management 200

Skills Needed for the Next Generation of Healthcare Managers 202

Advice from the Managers 204

Conclusions 206

Appendix A Resources for Learning More About Healthcare Management 207

Acronyms, Organizations, and Web Addresses 207

Appendix B Sample Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management Programs of Study 211

James Madison University 211

Towson University 215

Appendix C Sample Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree Requirements 219

The Pennsylvania State University 219

Appendix D Getting a Job in Healthcare Management 221

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 221

Commonly Used Terms in Job Advertising and Position Descriptions 224

Sample Position Descriptions 227

Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing 229

Checklist for Finding the Right Job 233

Sample Cover Letters and Resumes 235

Index 243

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