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    4 Scenarios and Tips for Managing Conflict in Online Learning

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Oct 10, 2017 10:41:00 AM

    By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
    Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

    Teaching online is convenient and access is fast. However, that same convenience and speed of access can also create unwanted conflicts that might not occur in a face to face classroom. This month, I am going to follow up on my November post about Diversity and Online Learning with some conflict scenarios that revolve around diversity. These are not for students, however, they are for faculty who teach online. I have categorized the conflicts by Student/Student, Student/Faculty, and the dreaded Group Project. Sample solutions are at the end.

     

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    Topics: Health Administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Why Should We Study the Health Care Systems of Other Nations?

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Aug 30, 2017 1:18:00 PM

    By James A. Johnson, PhD, MPA, MSc
    Author of Comparative Health Systems, 2nd Edition

    Students in the U.S. and in many other countries as well, too often have a limited view of health care and population health, many times failing to see beyond their own borders. This is especially so when we consider the myriad health systems that emerged in the widest range of cultures and social contexts imaginable. Each of the countries of the world has a responsibility to its citizens and residents to provide for health and well-being. Some take this responsibility seriously and others do not. Some have severe resource constraints and others do not. Given the diversity of socio-political circumstances and variations in culture and history, we now see many variations.

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    Topics: Health Administration, Health care

    Wanted: Public Health Workers!

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Aug 17, 2016 3:02:52 PM

    Much has been written in the popular press about the looming shortage of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals (Corwin, 2015; Grant, 2016; Mishoe, 2004). Comparatively little ink, however, has been used to discuss the looming shortage of public health workers. Why? I would venture to guess that much like housework and lawn mowing, unless it is not done, few note when it is done. The workers, like the labor involved, are invisible—until there is a disaster or the mess is on the Mayor’s front porch, as it was in the nine-day long New York City garbage strike of 1968 and the seventeen-day long strike of 1981.

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Health Administration, Public Health, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Sharon Buchbinder

    5-Star Review for Ethics in Health Administration: A Practical Approach for Decision Makers, Third Edition

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Mar 18, 2016 3:55:50 PM

    Excellent news to share-- Ethics in Health Administration: A Practical Approach for Decision Makers, Third Edition by Eileen E. Morrison just received a 5-star review. According to Joseph T. Norris, MA, from Saint Louis University, writing for Doody's Review Service,

    "This is a very good book for interested students and college professors to begin digging into the world of healthcare ethics from the perspective of business and administration."

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    Topics: Eileen E. Morrison, Health, Doody's Review Service, health administration, Health Administration, Review

    What is This Thing Called Competency Based Education?

    Posted by sharonb on Oct 5, 2015 1:00:24 AM

    The buzz in health care management education is all competencies, all the time. Your program, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, must be anchored in a competency based framework. The framework selected must be based on your program’s mission, vision, and values, your target students and the outcomes, i.e., where do you expect these students to go. Every meeting you attend will touch upon competencies and the dreaded assessments. Some may ask, “Why the big push?” Others may say, “What was wrong with the old fashioned way?”

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, competency based education

    Mass Casualties and Health Care Managers

    Posted by sharonb on May 4, 2015 3:00:06 AM

    When we think about mass casualty events, we usually think about natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. As noted in my blog on bioterrorism, we healthcare management educators tend not to dwell on or prepare for these and other disasters, such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and civil unrest. Living in Baltimore, Maryland, recent events have brought the matter home to our healthcare organizations in a way we have not seen since 1968. Peaceful marches and protests simmered in rage and boiled over into violence and fires. Currently, all the players—politicians, gang leaders, pastors, and community members are struggling to pull together to keep our beloved city calm and to support community members who are suffering from mental health issues associated with this tumult. As it became evident that mass casualties could occur, local hospitals were put on alert to receive injured protestors and police officers. But were they prepared?

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    Topics: administration, Author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Big Brother Is Watching

    Posted by sharonb on Apr 6, 2015 3:00:14 AM

    Last month, I talked about job searches from the other side of the desk, that of the candidate and how to help students avoid going into a house of horrors. In this post, I will be talking about something we don’t read a lot about in healthcare settings, but I anticipate we will be hearing more, that is employer surveillance and monitoring of employees.

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    Topics: health administration, Health Administration, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Health care, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Don’t Go Into That House! Helping Students to Avoid Horrific Jobs

    Posted by sharonb on Mar 2, 2015 3:00:11 AM

    As spring and graduation approach, the focus for many of us in academia is on helping students to prepare for their careers and finding a new job. Two years ago, I blogged about employability. In that post, I took the perspective of the needs of the employer and what they are looking for in candidates. In this post, I will be talking about job searches from the other side of the desk, that of the candidate and how to help your students avoid going into a house of horrors.

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    Topics: health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Vaccinations and Health Care Managers

    Posted by sharonb on Feb 2, 2015 3:00:19 AM

    With the return of Ebola to center stage in world health and the much heralded and anticipated start of vaccine trials for this disease in West Africa, it is easy to forget old diseases and debates. Vaccinations created by man, not by natural disease processes, have historically engendered controversy. According to Link (2005, p. 38), "vaccines are counterintuitive. What sense does it make to inject a well baby with a potent, biologically active vaccine that contains elements of the very disease it is supposed to prevent?"

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    Topics: administration, Author, author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, vaccinations

    Are Students Our Customers?

    Posted by sharonb on Dec 1, 2014 7:00:19 AM

    Ask a faculty member about how the customers are doing in her course and you are likely to receive the following responses: confusion, disbelief, and annoyance. Much like waving a red flag at a bull, calling students customers in front of faculty can induce raised voices and anger. Often when this term is used, faculty members will expound on student entitlement and demands for unearned grades. In their minds, student expectations have outstripped reality in higher education. Sometimes it can be difficult to step back and recall our own educational choices.

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    Topics: administration, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, students as customers

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