The specific duties of a healthcare administrator depend largely on the type of facility by which they are employed; a wide range of institutions employ these professionals, including, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, primary-care medical practices, and others. However, this is almost always an upper-management position, responsible for leading a relatively large staff of nurses and nursing assistants.
The healthcare administrator may be responsible for training staff or arranging for that training, as well as conducting performance reviews for their subordinates. They may also see to the accreditation of a facility with various accrediting agencies such as the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), American Correctional Association (ACA), and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Generally, a healthcare administrator generally works first-shift hours, though they may be required to work overtime, especially if the facility at which they work has multiple shifts (such as in a nursing home). Most work is indoors, although some employers may require travel to other buildings or facilities.
Most, if not all, facilities require their healthcare administrators hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as nursing, healthcare or business. They are also often required to hold a valid RN (registered nurse) license, as well as being certified in CPR. In addition, many employers desire previous experience in healthcare administration, preferably in a facility similar to their own.
Healthcare Administrator Tasks
Lead clinical and business professionals, and liaise to explain needs, improve clinical quality, and increase growth.
Oversee staffing including hiring, training, evaluation, and reviews.
Market and conduct market analysis to understand growth and revenue drivers and motivations.
Manage all financial operations, such as daily and annual reporting.