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Health care may be a costly drag on the economy, but it's still a great place to find (executive) jobs. While hospitals are cutting costs in the clinical arena, there is growth for executive positions, of which many are newly created.

"The demand for talented leaders in health care is only going to go up," predicted Jane Groves, a senior vice president at Integrated Healthcare Strategies, an executive search and consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo. "All that demand can't and shouldn't be filled by people already working in health care."

Frank Pinkowsky worked as a manager at DuPont for 24 years before taking a position as senior vice president for human resources at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa.

Colin Ward, a 37-year-old Baltimore hospital executive, also successfully switched careers, leaving ESPN after eight years of producing sports broadcasts.

"We just recently recruited a vice president for human resources from the supermarket industry," said Mike A. Helm, a senior executive at Sutter Health in Northern California.

The industry trade association, known as Himss for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, offers an array of online courses that can help technology workers move into health care.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/education/20HEALTH.html?hpw

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http://www.healthmanagementcareers.org/careers.cfm

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Hmmmm and I wonder just how much time was needed to get adjusted to a job out of their realm of expertise. Do they speak the same lingo and understand the needs of the hospital staff and patients? Or does everyone have to suffer while waiting for them to "catch on"

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Lacie specializes in jack of all trades.

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Hmmmm and I wonder just how much time was needed to get adjusted to a job out of their realm of expertise. Do they speak the same lingo and understand the needs of the hospital staff and patients? Or does everyone have to suffer while waiting for them to "catch on"

That's why they hire them, they never catch on to the needs of patients but only "know" the bottom dollar!!

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Hmmmm and I wonder just how much time was needed to get adjusted to a job out of their realm of expertise. Do they speak the same lingo and understand the needs of the hospital staff and patients? Or does everyone have to suffer while waiting for them to "catch on"

That's why they hire them, they never catch on to the needs of patients but only "know" the bottom dollar!!

Hear, hear, I second that!!!!!!!

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Good leaders are good leaders irrespective of the field. By and large, leadership and managerial skills transcend industry.

All industries benefit from the unique perspectives that are brought by people coming from the outside.

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TrishJK specializes in elder care; psych.

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"We just recently recruited a vice president for human resources from the supermarket industry," said Mike A. Helm, a senior executive at Sutter Health in Northern California.

Priceless - more proof that it's ok to consume people in the same way we consume stuff: and he's not even just from the retail trade - he's from FMCG - fast moving consumer goods.

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Everyday nurses come here to complain that management is "out of touch" with the realities of bedside health care. It is obvious why this is happening.

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Ginger's Mom has 41 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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As nurses we have many skills, if you want one of these positions, apply for them !

Nurses multi task well, are great team players, have great communication skills, and usually have a great work ethic.

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SlightlyMental_RN specializes in chemical dependency detox/psych.

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Why am I not surprised?:grn:

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OC_An Khe has 40 years experience and specializes in Critical Care,Recovery, ED.

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Let's not be so professionally self centered, patient care maybe the "raison d'etre" of the hospital, LTC , etc. But in actuality patient care is but a portion of a very complex institution. Skills and knowledge are needed from a diverse background and from multiple disciplines.

Every area has its own jargon, some unique to the profession some unique to the institution, some unique to the country. Whenever you change jobs a new vernacular must be learned. Chemical gosh does work in appropriate settings.

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It does take a huge team of differing people to run a hospital. However, none of them can be effective if they don't know anything about taking good care of patients.....I'd love to see a CEO get his/her rear off his/her leather chair in his/her silk suit and come down to the floor to follow around a nurse or a CNA for a few hours.......then they might get that they are in charge of caring for PEOPLE, not money......

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OC_An Khe has 40 years experience and specializes in Critical Care,Recovery, ED.

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I both agree and disagree (maybe semantics) with "TenCat" Administration doesn't need to know how to take care of patients but they do need to be able to recognize quality care and respect the professional judgment of those rendering that care. They do however, need to know how to make and use money for it is that skill that allows us to give the quality of care that our patients deserve.

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