The Business of Health Care
Many of the healthcare professionals who work in your hospital choose their career path because they want to practice some type of medicine—be it lab medicine, radiology, nursing and more—and perhaps be a valuable part of helping patients get well. But as they climb the ranks, the clinical nature of their professions turn a bit more “business,” as they’re responsible for ensuring their departments are running smoothly, results are delivered in a timely manner, equipment is running up to par and, if not, proper replacements are installed. Often, individuals face these new demands with little business courses/experience and may rely on instinct and the help of mentors or coworkers. As their leader, what has been the most valuable learning tool for you…a mentor, taking additional courses, real-life experience? Start a dialogue with your managers to spread the knowledge.