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Discussion Questions

To prepare for this Discussion, research current environmental forces (i.e., physician shortage) that may impact the role of the human resource manager. Based on your research, select an environmental issue related to regulation, policy, politics, economics, or patient demographics that impacts the role of the human resource manager in a health care setting of your choice.


Post a comprehensive response to the following:

Provide a brief explanation of your selected issue and then describe a strategy to enhance two of the following in your selected healthcare setting:

  1. Workforce planning
  2. Employee recruitment
  3. Employee retention




Chapter 3, “The Strategic Management of Human Resources”

Human resources (HR) management includes both strategic and administrative tasks. This chapter addresses workforce recruitment and retention, the environmental forces influencing human resources management, and the key responsibilities of the HR management staff. The author discusses methods of employee compensation, evaluation, and key issues pertaining to HR management in the health care setting.Course TextCareer Opportunities in Health Care Management: Perspectives From the Field

Chapter 5, “Summary and Conclusions About the Profession”

This chapter addresses issues of satisfaction, mentoring, and educational preparation as well as challenges faced by health care managers.

Appendix A, “Resources for Learning More About Healthcare Management”

The common acronyms, organizations, and web addresses that health care managers should know are provided in Appendix A.

Appendix D, “Getting a Job In Healthcare Management”

How do you get a job as a health care manager? The authors provide answers to frequently asked questions related to various positions in health care management.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Search for “Medical and Health Services Managers.” Review the nature of the work, training, job outlook, and estimated earnings for health services managers.

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