The Role of a Health Care Manager Reflection

The Role of a Health Care Manager Reflection

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The Role of a Health Care Manager Reflection

Healthcare management provides structured and systematic direction and leadership to the entire healthcare organizations, departments, divisions or units within the healthcare providers. Healthcare management is a complex and process and to achieve an and run an efficient healthcare management system, healthcare managers should be equipped with essential and technical skills. Healthcare mangers are tasked with overseeing of hospitals and healthcare organizations day to day operations and their main mandate is ensuring that patients receive timely and quality treatment and care by making sure that the organization has all the facilities and tools that enables the healthcare professional and nurses to attend to patients smoothly and efficiently(Sfantou et al., 2017).

Materials covered in class in regards to the role of a health care manager has deepened and broaden my understandings on the role played by healthcare managers. From the class materials, I have broadened my knowledge on the roles that healthcare managers play in the day to day running of the healthcare organizations and how such roles are important for timely, efficient and professional provision of healthcare services. The main functions or roles played by healthcare managers as discussed in class materials are; Organizing, planning, controlling and offering leadership. On organization, healthcare managers are tasked with putting in place healthcare team that will deliver timely and efficiently, by coordinating and providing step by step guidelines on their respective departments. On day to day operations, they organize and makes sure that shifts (doctors and nurses) are well placed and that drugs, and bed space are available and any other equipment.

Planning is another role that healthcare managers should do it correctly, to drive the organizations forward by formulating both long-term and short-term goals and coming up with policies that will drive the organization to prosperity. For smooth operation of the healthcare organization, be it in a department or unit, healthcare managers should take control over its junior staff. Taking control on how things should be done is essential in that it restricts the freedom of the employees and makes them stick to the standard procedures rather than letting them do as they will. It is also important to note that healthcare managers offer leadership roles in the healthcare organizations. Healthcare managers directs and guides their respective junior employees on a daily basis towards the goals of the organization and they do this through either guidance or mentorship.

Having deepened my understanding on the roles of healthcare managers and how the roles are important in the running of the healthcare organization, it is also important to have healthcare managers who have the required set of skills. Its is now clear that healthcare managers are pillars of any health organization, and therefore, for me to be a healthcare manager I should develop and nature the following set of skills to enable me manage the healthcare organization efficiently;

It is also important to develop other skills such as analytical skills, action skills(Slipicevic & Masic, 2012) and critical thinking skills. Apart from developing the right set of skills, it is important to have broad knowledge on specific medical and scientific subjects and deep understanding on how healthcare industry operates.

  • Leadership skills – it will enable me in training, motivating, guiding and leading junior employees as well as in solving issues
  • Communication skills – to effectively communicate and issue procedures and directions
  • Coordination and decision skills – to help me in coordinating and building a good working relationship with other departments, and in making timely decisions.


Sfantou, D. F., Laliotis, A., Patelarou, A. E., Sifaki-Pistolla, D., Matalliotakis, M., & Patelarou, E. (2017). Importance of Leadership Style towards Quality of Care Measures in Healthcare Settings: A Systematic Review. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), 5(4), 73. doi:10.3390/healthcare5040073

Slipicevic, O., & Masic, I. (2012). Management knowledge and skills required in the health care system of the Federation bosnia and herzegovina. Materia socio-medica, 24(2), 106-111. doi:10.5455/msm.2012.24.106-111