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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This timely book provides healthcare human resource managers and healthcare leaders with information and theory to better manage the diversity of healthcare workers in simple and complex healthcare organizations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the theory and skills needed to best manage the most expensive and important resources in healthcare, the people. Human resource management is very complex, yet through examining various principles of human behavior and the theories of management, the book sheds light on this important topic. Through discussing tools and strategies for human resource management, leaders will be better equipped in their roles. These skills will allow the human resource department and leaders to provide the guidance and leadership required to ensure healthcare organizations are complying with legal requirements and human rights, and maintaining standards.
Audience: The ideal audience for this book would be people currently in healthcare leadership positions and human resource departments and those aspiring to those roles. This would also be an excellent resource for all health organizations.
Features: Each chapter is well designed and presents clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter. Key terms are identified. Many important topics for leaders and human resource managers are addressed, such as strategic planning, management of corporate culture, recruitment and retention, and performance appraisals. The book is visually attractive with good use of white space, blue coloring of headings, and bulleting and bolding of headings to enhance navigability. The book contains many graphics highlighting the main points and theory. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to promote application of the theory to practice. A realistic case study is included in each chapter to advance critical thinking on the principles presented. Highlighted managerial guidelines are additional pivotal tools that are very useful to help readers understand the management principles. References such as web sites and articles are additional resources for learning.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for all leaders who have employees, because the principles discussed are key to successful management of the vital resources of an organization — the people.