Reviewer: Lena L Watson, Dr. RN, MBA/HCM(University of Phoenix)
Description: This book covers an array of human resource topics facing healthcare managers and organizations. This edition expands the scope to include the emerging impact of healthcare globalization, issues of the aging healthcare workforce, and the increased awareness of potential natural and human threats on healthcare.
Purpose: This is intended to provide a framework of current and emerging healthcare human resources issues. It adopts an approach that is supported by healthcare leaders and evidence-based management (EBM). The book addresses complex matters associated with human resource strategic planning and execution.
Audience: The book is suitable for healthcare leaders, executives, and managers. In addition, it conceivably could be a textbook for college level healthcare management administration coursework. The two editors are noted professors and scholars and a host of expert authors contribute key chapters.
Features: The 18 chapters cover the key areas of human resources management. With this third edition, each chapter has been expanded, revised, and updated to reflect current healthcare issues. Chapters 3, 9 and 12 are new and cover increasing health globalization, and the impact on the workforce and quality of care, on an international scale; recommendations for developing and evaluating employee training; employee benefits and administration. Each chapter ends with discussion questions. There are also three integrative cases based on real situations in a healthcare organization. The book uses several black-and-white charts, tables, and graphs throughout.
Assessment: The authors have written a comprehensive and very useful book that effectively details current healthcare human resources strategies, practices, and best practices. It is a welcome addition to the body of literature on this complex subject.