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My field of study is health services administration (HAS). I choose this career for various reasons. First, I can work in a healthcare setting without having direct hands on with patient care. Second, the potential for career advancement in many different sectors of the job looks promising. Third, there are many different types of agencies I can work for such as; city, state, county, federal, and governmental facilities. HSA’s can also work in healthcare settings or non-healthcare settings. There is also excellent earning potential which accompanies the gratification of the leadership role. Finally, with continued education, there is much room for self- improvement. “In a learning organization, the individual’s personal and professional development (PD) is viewed as crucial to the organization’s success’ (Gumus, Borkowski, Deckard, & Martel, 2011, p. 42-63). I have a dream to attain a career as a Health Care Program Director, Managed Care Director, CEO of a federal or governmental agency, or Health Services Department Head. However, I assume upon graduating with my Bachelor degree in Health Services Administration, I will qualify for a more traditional entry level position such as; Assistant Administrator or Assistant Department Head. While climbing the corporate ladder, I plan to continue my education by first earning my master’s degree and finally my doctorate. By doing this, I can be for certain to reach my goal of professionalism coupled with the necessary leadership skills required to be my best. The fundamental qualities an HSA must possess are leadership skills and interpersonal skills, analytical skills and communication skills, they must be inquisitive, innovative, flexible (adaptable and open to change), self-motivators, and lifelong learners. HSA’s must also demonstrate integrity, tenacity, adaptability, dependability, loyalty, professionalism, and self-confidence while being energetic, enthusiastic, and optimistic. The responsibilities of an Health Care Program Director, Managed Care Director, and a Health Services Department Head includes but are not limited to; coordinating, planning, directing, overseeing, staffing, recruiting, supervising and organizing. They must also maintain compliance with codes and regulations, facilities and equipment. These three careers require daily planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising because you are managing either an entire facility or healthcare system within hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies or other organizations that are non-health related. They must be predisposed to the integration of healthcare delivery systems and the innovations in technology with a focus on preventive care, structured work atmosphere, and an increasingly complex regulatory environment. They usually have large numbers of staff to manage and oversee coupled with the activities of a number of facilities within a health system. They might also do community outreach and preventive care (Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS], 2010, para. 9). These three areas are under the umbrella of an HSA but require more education. Long hours of work may be necessary to maintain daily operations. Because of the type of facilities we are able to work in, such as a hospital, nursing care facilities, etc., that are open around the clock, directors, administrators, or managers can be called upon at all hours to deal with problems that may arise and may travel to attend meetings or to inspect satellite facilities (BLS, 2010, para. 11). Heads of departments such as the three mentioned above, plan, implement and administer programs and services, maintain communication between governing boards and medical staff, conduct fiscal operations (financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, expenditures, etc.), establish work schedules and assignments for staff, direct recruitment, hiring and training of personnel, direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of...
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