As part of the capstone experience in our graduate program, students are required to interview a minimum of three executives or healthcare managers using a structured interview format published in Career Opportunities in Health Care Management. At the completion of the interview, the student identifies and indicates the healthcare management leadership competencies the executive noted during the interview and the competencies needed to conduct the interview. In addition, the student reflects upon what insights the interview provided about his or her own career development and continuing education plans.
Many years ago when I was an Intravenous (IV) Therapist in training at a major teaching hospital, I sat down to a thirty minute dinner break with my fellow IV team members in the hospital cafeteria. One of our team mates was late. She rushed to the table with her tray, and raced to tell us why she was delayed. Not only did she provide the team with chapter and verse of the patient she last saw, but also told us the patient's diagnosis, the tragedy surrounding the patient, the little boy she was leaving behind, and her youth.
Upon graduation, health care management students are expected to be confident, competent, reflective practitioners. We are also expected to provide data to support our assertion that we have accomplished this feat. Measurements of confidence can be obtained through student self-assessments. Assessments of competencies can be conducted via course work and face to face observations. What is a "reflective practitioner" and is this something we can objectively assess and document?
As an educator and a professional writer, one of my hobby horses is writing competencies. I wrote about this in a previous blog and asked whose responsibility it is. Over a year later, in online forums and collegial discussions, the debate continues. Is the real issue that "our students can't write" or that "we shouldn't have to be English teachers?" It doesn't matter either way. Our accrediting organizations and our discipline demand effective communication skills, including writing.
When we speak to students about careers in health care management, we often talk about the perfect storm we now have of demand for services and the retirement of baby boomers, leaving our health care system with a void of skilled workers. In many of these conversations, we are so enthusiastic about the market and availability of jobs, we have a tendency to overlook the obvious: the field needs well-prepared graduates who are employable.
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If you teach in a fully online or a hybrid class, you know the Discussion Board, Forum, or Threads, whatever name they go by, are considered the "heart" of the online classroom. At least that's what these vehicles for asynchronous discussions are supposed to be. When used properly, online discussions can be the epicenter of intellectual challenges and interactions between the students and the instructor. Participants can used their higher order thinking skills (HOTS), actively engage in the material, and be pushed to the next level of their career development. Or, in less exhilarating instances, students parrot back material from the text (sometimes not bothering to put in quotes), respond to the minimal number of other students, per the syllabus, and check off another item on their to do list to get through the course.
Nothing makes an author quite as happy as seeing their book on the shelf, virtual or real, available to the world, at last! Now that our book “baby,” Cases in Health Care Management has been released, inquiring minds want to know how to use the text, in addition to pairing it to Introduction to Health Care Management. Here are some suggestions for ways to make this book even more useful, engaging, and interactive for your students—and for you as the instructor.
I am delighted to have Dale Buchbinder, MD, FACS, my fellow Jones & Bartlett Learning author, good friend, and husband with me to talk about his new book to be released in Spring, 2013, Cases in Health Care Management http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449674298/
I am delighted to have Nancy H. Shanks, my fellow Jones & Bartlett Learning author and good friend with me to talk about her new book to be released in Spring, 2013, Cases in Health Care Management http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449674298/
Doody’s Review Service recently reviewed Introduction to Health Care Management, Second Edition by Sharon B. Buchbinder, RN, PhD and Nancy H. Shanks, PhD. According to reviewer, Eric P Matthews, PhD, MSed, MA from A. T. Still University,