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The hospital employs a lot of people. Doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians, receptionists, janitors, cafeteria staff...The list is endless. But at the head of the line are the people patients never see, but owe their lives to: the administrative staff. Hospital administration is one of the most important and stressful careers you can embark on. Administrators plan, organize, direct and control most every aspect of the hospital. They make decisions about policy; they evaluate programs; they write and implement procedures; they monitor safety and patient services; they hire and train staff; they deal with media and head up fundraising; they plan budgets; they oversee hospital accounts and records, dealing with millions of dollars; they make plans regarding scientific research, and make decisions when it comes to the legalities of hospitals and health care. Depending on the size of the staff, and the seniority of the administrator, these tasks could be worked on independently, within a committee, or by an assistant. Much of the day is spent in meetings, all to ensure the organization is running smoothly.

Hospitals are becoming increasingly business-like, and the administrative staff has to reflect this trend; chief executive officer, or president, are common titles for the senior staff. Quite often, a hospital administrator, like a company president, works with a board of directors (who are shareholders in the hospital), who help with the final decision making.

Because the administrators work with both aspects of the hospital, the money-making, business side, as well as the human side of patients and doctors, the job can get quite stressful. Therefore, the hospital administrator is motivated, energetic, with lots of experience and education. Anyone who is a top administrator must work long hours, and be driven by a desire for success as well as a desire to provide quality health care.
 
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  Interests and Skills  
Because working in a hospital requires some sort of medical knowledge, an interest in science and health care is important. However, a good grasp of business, economics, computers, accounting, and politics, not to mention a solid understanding of administration, are all skills which are vital when it comes to a successful career in hospital administration. Hospital administrators should be level-headed, and able to make quick decisions about very important things. If you are a self-starter, who works best under stress, then this may be the job for you!
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Plan, implement, and organize various policies and procedures
  • Oversee patient care
  • Stay informed about new developments in health care
  • Meet regularly with board of directors, senior managers, and assistant administrators
  • Plan and monitor multimillion-dollar budgets
  • Represent hospital to media
  • Hire and train staff
  • Facilitate discussions among board, staff, and union representatives
  • A typical day for a hospital administrator would include meetings, meetings and more meetings! This job is less about health care, and more about the importance of running a tight ship--a hospital administrator must know a little about everything going on in the hospital, and a lot about negotiating, finance, and management. As a hospital administrator, your day will be stressful, the stress increasing with the size of the health center and the seniority of the position. But the day will be rewarding, because of the knowledge that you are helping to run an organization which is crucial to all members of society.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Hospital or health care administrators work in hospitals, but can also be administrative staff in clinics, old age care facilities, or birthing centers. These administrators work in offices, meeting rooms, lecture halls, and fundraising events, for often longer than eight hours each day. If the health care centers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the administrators may be called upon to help out in emergencies, or for late night meetings or events. Administrators may also need to travel, meeting with other administrators at hospitals and clinics around the world.
  • Depending on the level of seniority, and the organization, a hospital administrator may be employed by the board of directors, the government, or report to senior staff.

  Long Term Career Potential  
In the future, the average career span of a hospital or health administrator could involve as many as nine positions in five different organizations. No longer are people content, or able, to stay with one hospital, moving up the ranks from assistant to administrator to president--now people are advancing by moving from clinic to hospital to health center to hospital. By moving in and out of different health care facilities, not just hospitals, administrators learn more about the health care system, enabling them to understand it and appreciate it from all aspects, from retirement home to major teaching hospital, making them more effective in whichever branch of health care they settle into next.
 

  Educational Paths  
The first step to becoming a hospital administrator is receiving a combination of a bachelor's degree in health, science, or business. To move on to senior positions a master's degree in health care management or administration, or a master's degree in business administration are required.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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