A Day in the Life of a Healthcare Manager

May 31, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Healthcare Manager

Healthcare managers need to have the skills and the knowledge to improve profitability, efficiency and overall service of a healthcare facility, as well as an understanding of healthcare regulations and treatment processes. Their work supports the culture and environment of the workplace. The decisions made by those on a management team affect both employees and patients within a healthcare facility. A healthcare manager has many responsibilities, and one of the advantages of this role is that you can be directly involved in the success of the entire healthcare organization. 

What Does a Healthcare Manager Do?

As a healthcare manager, you may be required to:

  • Rearrange and confirm work schedules
  • Process and submit payroll
  • Schedule meetings with various healthcare personnel
  • Interview new applicants for hire
  • Reorder supplies
  • Review financial information for audits

As a management professional, you take on the tasks needed to ensure that a healthcare facility runs smoothly and efficiently. Entry-level healthcare management professionals that have recently graduated from a healthcare management program start out assisting a management team, and this can position them to learn and grow in their careers.

Skills Needed for Healthcare Management Jobs

Before pursuing a management role in a healthcare setting, you need to learn a variety of skills. Ultimate Medical Academy’s Associate of Science in Healthcare Management gives you the training necessary to pursue entry-level employment. The curriculum covers:

  • Healthcare law
  • Medical terminology
  • Billing and collections
  • Basic accounting and financial knowledge
  • Computer skills for presenting, analyzing and communicating information
  • Human resource management

Making the Switch to a Healthcare Management Career

If you want to be a part of the decision-making process and help guide and shape a healthcare organization, an Associate degree in Healthcare Management can be the first step. As you grow in your career, the decisions you make may have greater reach. Learn more about a healthcare management degree online.


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