Healthcare Management

Management is the pursuit of organizational goals effectively and efficiently by integrating the work of other people through planning, organizing, leading and controlling the organization’s resources. An art may be defined as a skill or knowledge in a particular field of activity. It involves practical application of theoretical knowledge and skills to achieve objectives. A science, on the other hand refers to knowledge gathered by observation and experiment (Taylor 1947).

Management is both a science and an art. It is an art in that; it involves the use of knowledge and skills; it seeks achieve concrete practical results and is creative. Management is also a science because it involves the applications of scientific methods in making decisions and evaluating different courses of action. It involves obtaining complete and reliable information in respect to the problem under consideration before making a decision.

Healthcare management just like any other management is both a science and an art. To be able to manage healthcare one needs to understand the principles underlying healthcare. For example healthcare manager will need to understand the procedure that is required to diagnose an illness. This, in turn, requires a thorough knowledge of the scientific principles behind the specific diagnostic procedures. (Zimmerman 97).

It is also an art in that decisions need to be made based the understanding of scientific principles. The decision has to result in concrete output. According to Florence Nightgale, the most celebrated pioneer of nursing, nursing is the finest of the fine arts.

The role of regulation in healthcare is to protect the public from health risks and to provide programmes for public health and welfare. Strategies and operations in healthcare are driven by the need to safeguard human life at all cost.

Management is the pursuit of organizational goals effectively and efficiently by integrating the work of other people through planning, organizing, leading and controlling the organization’s resources. An art may be defined as a skill or knowledge in a particular field of activity. It involves practical application of theoretical knowledge and skills to achieve objectives. A science, on the other hand refers to knowledge gathered by observation and experiment (Taylor 6).

Management is both a science and an art. It is an art in that; it involves the use of knowledge and skills it seeks achieve concrete practical results and is creative. Management is also a science because it involves the applications of scientific methods in making decisions and evaluating different courses of action. It involves obtaining complete and reliable information in respect to the problem under consideration before making a decision.

Healthcare management just like any other management is both a science and an art. To be able to manage healthcare one needs to understand the principles underlying healthcare. For example healthcare manager will need to understand the procedure that is required to diagnose an illness. This, in turn, requires a thorough knowledge of the scientific principles behind the specific diagnostic procedures. (Zimmerman 109).

It is also an art in that decisions need to be made based the understanding of scientific principles. The decision has to result in concrete output. According to Florence Nightgale, the most celebrated pioneer of nursing, nursing is the finest of the fine arts. The role of regulation in healthcare is to protect the public from health risks and to provide programmes for public health and welfare. Strategies and operations in healthcare are driven by the need to safeguard human life at all cost (Buchbinder 73).