Healthcare Human Resource Management

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Marianne Lewis
Bus. 303 Human Resources Management
Healthcare Human Resource Management
Professor Gwendolyn McCants-Allen
February 21, 2011

Human resource management is the function performed in organizations that facilitates the most effective use of people (employees) to achieve organizational and individual goals (Ivancevich, 2010). In present day society, organizations have been confronted with profound transformations in the roles of human resource management and its function. The healthcare industry encounters several challenges ranging from ethical and moral aspects, high cost of medical care, economic pressures, regulatory compliances, shortage of qualified professionals, and industry consolidation to deliver health care services in the United States. In this reflective paper I will explore the role of human resource management, human resource planning, leadership and management issues/responsibilities, EEO and Affirmative Action, Safety and Health, Compensation and Benefits of health care human resource management leaders.

Health Care Professionals are presented with a variety of issues in each sector of their working environment. The high cost of medical care has insurmountably risen in the United States delivering several issues in the health care industry. Nevertheless of the goal or job, some type of assistance is needed pertaining to human resource management. The management of human resources is one of the most important yet challenging responsibilities within health services organizations. As society and organizations expand and become multifaceted, Human Resource Management operations carry on into several regions which are essential to the organizational advancement and success. The voyage to perceiving and utilizing human resource roles involves: Human Resource Planning, Recruitment, Selection, Human Resource Development, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, Safety and Health, Employee Labor Law and Relations, Compensation and Benefits. By investigating each topic, we may realize how each role may be used for individual professional aspirations/development and position the arena for a lucrative future.

Human resources management covers an array of functions and responsibilities related to recruiting, retaining, hiring, evaluating, terminating staff and developing staff in the health services organization. Health Care Administrators are required to work together with numerous individuals and departments outside of their division, all of whom have their own agendas, methodologies, and expectations. It is the Administrator’s job to cultivate a host of working relationships and reach a balance between their own beliefs and concerns and those of the remainder of the organization. As a health care administrator, visualization of leadership qualities is necessary for management of an organization. The functional or task-centered theory of leadership does not focus attention primarily on the leadership person selected but concentrates on leadership acts and roles. It assumes that there are a series of leadership acts that are necessary for a group to maintain itself and achieve its goals. These tasks can be achieved by all the members working together. This concept of shared leadership focuses attention on the ways in which members interact with each other in pursuit of the organizational purpose. Typical leadership acts that are identified are: Giving information, offering suggestions, Energizing, Seeking support, Releasing tension, Compromising, Clarifying, Elaborating, Orienting, Opening Channels of Communication and Reminding the group of constraints (Mandell, B.R., & Schram, B., 2009). Leadership acts can be taught, practiced, and strengthened in an intentional way in virtually any group (Mandell, B.R., & Schram, B., 2009). One of the best ways to convince that interdisciplinary teamwork is important is to show them the relationship to patient care. Some of the benefits of...
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