Section BPart 6: Description of ChosenDegree ProgramMy preferred degreeprogram at the Kaplan University is a Bachelor’s degree in HealthcareAdministration. Median Salary for the Specified JobAccording to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), healthcare administrators are primarilyemployed by hospital that tends to pay higher salaries when compared to othercare centers. The amount payable to an individual is dependent on variousfactors such as the experience and the physical location of the hospitals.Experience includes distinction based on entry-level and experienced employees.Variations in the figures vary in different states. Based on statistics fromthe Bureau of labor Statistics (2017) for the year 2016, however, the mediansalary for all medical and health services managers averages at $96,450 per annum.
Demand for JobsThe demand forhealthcare administration jobs in the region is quite high due to theincreasing national demand for these professionals. The situation has beensparked by the increase in the expansion of health centers and hospitals. Althoughthe demand varies from state-to-state, the overall demand is high.
The highrequirement for health administrators has also been facilitated by an increasein medical tourism where more individuals travel seeking higher-qualityhealthcare. Moreover, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act hasnecessitated higher management practices within care providers which is therole of healthcare administrators. Professional RequirementsTobecome a healthcare administrator, one is required to acquire a Bachelor’sdegree in public health, hospital, or business administration (Learn.org).
Thisis the basic requirement for entry-level positions or employment in smallfacilities where a considerable amount of experience is required. For higherlevel employment, a Master’s degree is necessary (Lean.org, n.
d). Operatinglicenses may be required as is the case for professionals in nursing homeswhere one must undertake a NationalAssociation of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) examination to obtainstate licenses. However, voluntary certifications are available via theAmerican College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA).
To achieve maximumvalue, according to Himss (2013) there are other professional certificationswhich individuals can pursue including;Ø Fellowof the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)Ø CertifiedProfessional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)Ø CertifiedProfessional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM)Ø CertifiedMedical Manager (CMM)Ø AmericanAssociation of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)Eligibility for thesecertifications requires high levels of educational achievement and, partly, agiven level of working experience. Although certification is not statemandated, it provides validation to employers that an applicant has metprofessional standards that are required in the field. However, for purposes ofenhancing my degree certificate, I intend to pursues NAB examinationimmediately after completion of my course and later pursue CPHRM Program AccreditationsDue to the need forquality improvement in healthcare, there is a need for accrediting healthcareprograms. The commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education isthe largest accreditor of health sciences programs and is recognized by thecouncil for higher Education accreditation (CHEA). Kaplan University is amongthe institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and alsothe State of Florida Commission for Independent education. Overall OutlookBased on Bureau ofLabor Statistics (2017), the average growth in the field of healthcareadministration will continue to accelerate in future with the most preferableemployers being the hospitals. The career is highly competitive in the U.
S.,but jobs prospects are and will remain highest for the individuals with moreexperience and who hold advanced certificates in the field. ReferencesAmericanCollege of Health Care Administrators.
(n.d). Certification. https://achca.memberclicks.net/certHimss(March 11, 2013).
Certification forhealthcare executives. Retrieved from http://www.himss.org/certification-healthcare-executivesLearn.org (n.d).What Education Do I Need to Become aHealth Care Administrator? Retrieved from https://learn.org/articles/What_Education_Do_I_Need_to_Become_a_Health_Care_Administrator.
htmlU.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics(2017). Retrieved December 06, 2017, fromhttps://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm Part7 The profession healthcareadministrator incorporates the reading and research I have completed in thecourse so far. A healthcare administrator, also known as healthcare manager andhealth services manager, is responsible for directing hospital operations,health systems, and other organizations (Begun, White & Mosser, 2011).
These administrators have the responsibility for services, facilities,programs, budgets, relation with other organizations, staff and other functionsof management with regard to the organization size. Unlike physicians,healthcare administrators do not deal with patients directly on a daily basis; instead,they assist in policy shaping, implementing the needed changes, and directingthe nation’s health institutions in a manner that serves patients by helping inimproving safety and service delivery of the healthcare system. Furthermore,they have the responsibility of managing the subordinate administrative staff,overseeing recruitment and training, as well as monitoring the healthcare staff(Begun et al., 2011). Additionally, they assign tasks and schedules and developobjectives and strategies to meet the set goals. Moreover, the healthcaremanager is responsible for consulting the departmental heads and medicalworkers on their administrative needs, representing their organizations atmeetings with investors and the governing boards, and repairing and maintainingthe physical facilities of the health institution that they serve.
Likewise,the administrator may handle finances by calculating and issuing medical bills,creating budgets, and negotiating insurance claims (Begun et al., 2011). To become ahealthcare manager or administrator, one requires satisfying certaineducational requirements as well as some relevant certifications. Strongeducational preparation in the competencies of clinical system management andclinical practice support are crucial for positive healthcare transformation(Begun et al.
, 2011). Higher-levelhealthcare administrators should have a master’s degree in fields such ashospital or nursing administration, public health or business (Touro UniversityWorldwide, n.d.). Nonetheless, for employment with lesser facilities whenhaving appropriate health care experience, or for entry-level positions, a Bachelor’sdegree in health sciences is regularly sufficient. On the other hand, healthcare administrators who are willing to work as nursing care administratorsshould obtain a state licensure by passing the National Association of LongTerm Care Administration Boards (NAB) test. Nonetheless, healthcare managers oradministrators in other fields require no licenses.
However, the AmericanCollege of Healthcare Administrators offers voluntary certification for willingadministrators. A particular setof personality traits and skills is a requirement for the profession of ahealthcare administrator. Some of the traits I learned about myself from thepersonality profile in unit 3 learning activity line up with the requirementsof the healthcare administration field while others need improvement. Theprofession requires competencies such as teambuilding, coordination,leadership, and productivity for the sake of inter-professional care service(Begun et al.
, 2011). My familiarity with clinical care and medical terminologiesis an important skill in pursuing the healthcare administrator profession. Thiswill help me in understanding the role of different medical practitioners inthe team as well as in determining the differences between individual medicaljobs including neurologists versus neurosurgeons and registered nurses versusnurse practitioners. I portrayed unique leadership skills in the personalityprofile learning activity. Healthcare administrators with transformationalleadership skills enhance job satisfaction, organizational commitment, andproductivity among nurses and other staff in the healthcare organizations (Page& Institute of Medicine (U.S.), 2004). My excellent communication skillsthat include the ability to solicit feedback and communicate issuesarticulately as discovered in the learning activity presents me with a prime opportunityto become a change facilitator in the profession of a healthcare administrator.
In this regard, I understand that inadequate communication creates significantproblems, for instance, poor coordination among the healthcare teams. Clearcommunication about the roles of every employee, on the other hand, helps inreducing and eliminating ambiguity during change implementation. Setting careergoals give one’s life a direction, helps them to think about their future andmotivates them towards turning their visions for the future to reality (Begunet al., 2011). Thus, as a goodhealthcare administration aspirant, I have some career goals. Firstly, I aim atleading collaboratively in order to serve all my subordinates.
Besides, I intendto establish responsibility, focus, and accountability so as to develop anorganizational-wide inter-professional strategy to sustain and propel the organizationaltransformation to an inter-professional institution. Additionally, I anticipatefostering respect and equity in relation to other healthcare professionalswhile appreciating the diversity in educational, training, knowledge levels, inaddition to strengthening relationships between the entire healthcareworkforces. Furthermore, I intend to advocate for healthy conflict resolutionduring my profession as a healthcare administrator and act as a role model formy subordinates. Besides, I aim at increasing my professional knowledge andtraining by attending workshops, advancing my studies, and gettingcertification from the American College of Healthcare Administrators. In addition, I will seek to gain newexperiences by volunteering for health sensitization programs in the communityand joining professional healthcare administrators associations to meet newhealthcare managers in a bid to fuel interest in my career. Lastly, I aim atbenefiting financially from my profession by receiving a pay that iscommensurate with my training and experience.
KaplanUniversity career services will help me in achieving my career goals throughvarious ways. Firstly, it will provide me with comprehensive career planning asa student and even after becoming an alumni. Besides, through the careerservices, the university promises to provide empowerment and motivationthroughout my job search with face-to-face mentoring and collaboration witheducators and employers (Kaplan University, n.d.).
Additionally, through theuniversity’s career advising services, the institution offers to guide me inunderstanding the art of occupation exploration, self-assessment,decision-making art, job searching, self-marketing, and creating advantageousworkplace connections (Kaplan University, n.d.). Furthermore, the university’scareer service team has outstanding knowledge, experience, and links that willenable me to navigate the job seeking process easily. The career services offerguidelines at every step of professional development in order to enable studentsto identify favorable opportunities and create effective strategies to attainthem. They offer directions at the beginning of the career, when choosing toventure in a new field, or when advancing the current position (Kaplan University,n.d.
). Therefore, connecting with the powerful technology and resources of theKaplan University career services will assist me in transforming my academicachievement to professional success. In conclusion, Ianticipate several changes in my life five years from now. I see myself havingpassed all my classes, graduated from the Kaplan University, and perfected aresume that is good enough to help me secure a job as a healthcareadministrator. I also anticipate the opportunity to work in a healthcareinstitution where challenging work and career growth are common occurrences.
Insum, I expect the administrative placement to offer me the opportunity toutilize my cores skills to not only advance in my career but also help in thesustained growth of the healthcare facility. ReferencesBegun, J. W., White, K. R., , G. (2011). Interprofessional care teams: the role of the healthcareadministrator.
Journal ofInterprofessional Care, 25(2), 119-123.Page, A., & Institute ofMedicine (U.S.).
(2004). Keeping patientssafe: Transforming the work environment of nurses. Washington, D.C:National Academies Press.Touro University Worldwide. (n.d.
).Steps to Becoming a HealthcareAdministrator. Retrieved from http://www.
tuw.edu/program-resources/becoming-healthcare-administrator/Kaplan University. (n.d.). Career Services.
Retrieved fromhttps://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/academic-support/career-services/ Part 8: Resource Portfolio1. CurrentIssuesBerwick,D.
M., & Hackbarth, A. D. (2012). Eliminating waste in US health care.
Jama,307(14), 1513-1516.The article providesinformation on the major issue in healthcare administration. When compared toother professions in the field of health such as nurses and doctors, healthadministration is a relatively new practice. The role of administratorscontinues to be complex due to the dynamic nature of healthcare practice.Health information technologies have been adopted and thereby changing themanner in which care is accorded. Consolidation of payments has been enhancedand virtual care is nowadays possible for active and mobile patients. There hasbeen a shift in practice where a total care approach has been adopted toimprove the overall performance. However, despite these changes, the cost ofproviding care service in the country is unsustainable.
The increase in total healthcareexpenditure is consuming much of the country’s resources, hence, compromisingits efforts to develop other sectors. The current resource provides informationon the causes of financial wastes in healthcare expenditure distribution withissues of failed co-ordination, administrative challenges, poor pricing andfraud being identified as the causes. The article provides recommendations forsolving the problem, which may be highly beneficial to administrators.2. ProfessionalAssociation SourcePowers,M.
A., Bardsley, J., Cypress, M., Duker, P., Funnell, M. M., Fischl, A. H.
,& Vivian, E. (2017). Diabetes self-management education and support in type2 diabetes: A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association,the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics. The Diabetes Educator, 43(1), 40-53.
The report providesinformation on the needs and the benefits of self-management care amongdiabetic patients. It advocates for the need to extend diabetes self-managementeducation (DSME) to communities. The joint statement shows the level ofassociation among healthcare professionals in the advancement of care quality.This indicates an improvement in care management efforts, which should be adoptedacross the entire medical practice.
Considering that the report is generatedthrough collaborative efforts between two professional bodies givesauthenticity to the contained information. Furthermore, it indicates theconsistency of practice and beliefs for the various associations.Identification of this particular resource was quite challenging as the authorwas forced to spend much time in assessing various journals and medical reportswith the most recent information. Benefits of the resource to administratorsinclude the appreciation of the role of collaborations in enhancing reforms inhealthcare.3. EducationalResourceWorldHealth Organization.
(2013). Transforming and scaling up healthprofessionals’ education and training: World Health Organization guidelines2013. World Health Organization.The handbook providesguidelines for global approaches for effective health professional’s learningprocess. Recommendations are made for the transformations from traditionalfocus on care to a community engagement approach. Focus is on health caretraining institutions, which should consider developing and implementingtraining programs that are relevant to community needs. Curricula should adoptthe constant changes in care approach and the encouragement of community-basedphysicians and local trainers.
Identification of the resource was quite easy asthe report was readily available online. The the resource is undoubtedly correct as the World Health Organization(WHO) is the international body that generates guidelines for proper healthcarepractices that are applicable globally. The handbook is relevant toadministrators as it provides recommendations for good practice by providingguidelines for proper governance and planning.
Furthermore, the report providesguidelines for strategic transformations that are evidence-supported andpractical. Finally it identifies the benefits associated to the users andpractitioners and hence useful in day-to-day operations. 4. ProfessionalJournalvanGelderen, S.
C., Hesselink, G., Westert, G.
P., Robben, P. B., Boeijen, W.,Zegers, M.
, & Wollersheim, H. (2017). Optimal governance of patient safety:A qualitative study on barriers to and facilitators for effective internalaudit. Journal of Hospital Administration, 6(3), 15.The journal providesinformation on the need for patient safety in as a prerequisite for developingsustainable healthcare. As a result, it delivers insight on the various sourcesthrough which hospital managements gain information on quality and safety careand the various indicators of patient safety. Internal audits of the healthcarepractices is essential in determining risks of adverse patient conditions. These should then be used by management forpurposes of developing governance strategies.
The correctness of theinformation is limited to the research area as the journal presents a casestudy. However it provides answer to a medical question that has globalimplications. To professions in healthadministration, the work resource provides a comprehensive understanding of thefacilitators of effective auditing within medical centers as well as thebarriers. It further highlights the various elements of considerations whenconducting audits that include, institutional positioning of its members,competencies of audit team members, and the attitudes of staff towards audits.Thus, it would enable the administrators to appreciate the differences amongstaff and the need to properly plan for such undertakings. 5. Areasof Current ResearchWilson,T. (2017).
Improving Healthcare Provider Communication in End of Life DecisionMaking. Journal of Intensive and Critical Care, 03(03).doi:10.21767/2471-8505.100097The resource presents information on the importance ofeffective communications while giving care. It addresses the issues byconsidering a situation of end of life scenario where communication isessential and unavoidable. Critical care decisions should be made responsiblythus the authors propose close supervision and adequate education.
Accuracy ofinformation is verifiable as content of the article is consistent with pastresearch addressing communication in healthcare (for example, Boissy et al.,2016; parry et al., 2016). To healthadministrators, the article provides knowledge on the need to implementprograms for communication education for their staff to enhance confidencethereby enabling them improve levels of comfort during such difficult periods.
ReferencesBerwick, D. M., & Hackbarth, A.D.
(2012). Eliminating waste in US health care. Jama, 307(14),1513-1516.Boissy, A., Windover, A. K., Bokar,D.
, Karafa, M., Neuendorf, K., Frankel, R. M., & Rothberg, M.
B. (2016).Communication skills training for physicians improves patient satisfaction. Journalof General Internal Medicine, 31(7), 755-761.Parry, R., Pino, M.
, Faull, C.,& Feathers, L. (2016). Acceptability and design of video-based research onhealthcare communication: Evidence and recommendations. Patient Educationand Counseling, 99(8), 1271-1284.Powers, M. A., Bardsley, J.
,Cypress, M., Duker, P., Funnell, M. M., Fischl, A.
H., & Vivian, E. (2017).Diabetes self-management education and support in type 2 diabetes: a jointposition statement of the American Diabetes Association, the AmericanAssociation of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. TheDiabetes Educator, 43(1), 40-53.
van Gelderen, S. C., Hesselink, G.,Westert, G.
P., Robben, P. B., Boeijen, W., Zegers, M.
, & Wollersheim, H.(2017). Optimal governance of patient safety: A qualitative study on barriersto and facilitators for effective internal audit. Journal of HospitalAdministration, 6(3), 15.Wilson, T. (2017).
ImprovingHealthcare Provider Communication in End of Life Decision Making. Journal ofIntensive and Critical Care, 03(03). doi:10.21767/2471-8505.100097World Health Organization.
(2013). Transformingand scaling up health professionals’ education and training: World HealthOrganization guidelines 2013. World Health Organization.