Combining Christian Values with Your Healthcare Career

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Earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration may lead you to any career within the administration side of healthcare. As you gain experience, proper requirements and further education if you choose, you watch your professional career advance to a healthcare administrator role. You will contribute to an effective and smooth running institution and quality care to patients. You also will have a unique opportunity to positively impact the management and company culture with your Christian values. In fact, Christ’s message of love and compassion perfectly aligns and prepares you to work on the administrative side of the healthcare industry.

Here are three ways your Christian values may influence your career in healthcare administration:

Leadership and Communication Skills

Healthcare administrators fill leadership roles. The team you lead will look to you to model ethical standards. Use the values of your Christian faith, such as your patience, forgiveness and acceptance of others, to influence your interactions with your team. Effective leaders are those who can work toward conflict resolution, practice servanthood and make difficult decisions guided by the wisdom of God’s word.

Onsite Patient Resources

The patient support services a hospital offers is dependent on that hospital’s budget. As a healthcare administrator, you may be working directly with the organization’s finances. You can make budgetary decisions that are not only fiscally prudent, but also best for the patients. Faith is a significant presence in the lives of many patients, but not all of them have access to faith-based resources while they are hospitalized. You could consider starting a chaplaincy program, if your hospital doesn’t already have one. You could also allocate resources to set up a designated chapel or prayer room within the hospital for families and patients.

Patient Advocacy

Thinking beyond spiritual resources, consider ways of making a positive difference in the day-to-day lives of patients and their families. Every hospital should have a team of patient advocates, sometimes called patient navigators or care coordinators. If you work for a hospital that doesn’t have this program, you can wield your influence to establish it. Through a patient advocacy program, patients and their families can sort through confusing medical terminology, understand their healthcare decisions better and make use of patient support tools.

Ethical Policy Changes

Healthcare administrators work in many different public and private organizations. Instead of working in a hospital, you might decide to work for a private insurance company, pharmaceutical company or state or county health department. Agencies such as Medicaid, Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration also need healthcare administrators. In all of these settings, including in private hospitals, one of the key responsibilities of healthcare administrators is to bring about change in policies. You’ll have the opportunity to shape policy according to your compassionate values, such as by increasing access to healthcare for those who are less fortunate. As you manage the operations of your organization, you can look for ways of improving the delivery of care in order to give each patient the best possible outcome, and to allow all patients to receive the care they need with dignity and respect.

Your education at Grand Canyon University combines modern knowledge and technical skills with Christ’s wisdom. If a career in health care management is your calling in life, click on the Request More Information button at the top of our website. You can apply today for admission to our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree program, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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