Hcs 325 Week 1 Roles and Functions Paper

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Roles and Functions Krystal Archer HCS/325 May 20th, 2013 Cynthia Bubb The roles and functions of a health care manager can, if handled correctly, create an optimal work environment and build a strong and successful team. Health care managers are major strategic players in the overall success of an organization, and it is essential that any current or aspiring health care manager thoroughly understand their roles and functions. There are four major functions of a manager in a health care setting. Managers must plan, organize, lead and control. A manager makes plans based upon goals that have been established for the department or the organization. The purpose of those plans is to set forth a path or “plan of attack” in order to successfully reach those goals. Planning does not often come to fruition without organization, however. Managers must not only plan but organize resources in order to be successful. These resources could be conference lines, conference rooms, people or equipment. Organizing resources could mean the difference between having enough staff to take more patients or having to defer patients to another facility. Managers also lead their staff in the direction of the organization mission, providing guidance to their direct reports, as well as valuable input to their peers with regard to their respective expertise. Managers control to ensure that resources that will best fit the need are placed appropriately and continue to operate correctly and efficiently. “On a daily basis, health care managers must recognize performance problems, and opportunities, make good decisions, and take appropriate action” (Lombardi & Schermerhorn, 2007. p. 16). This is part of the controlling function of management. According to Henry Mintzberg, there are ten management roles that can be used to categorize the different
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