Health administration is a field related to management, leadership, and administration of hospitals, health care systems and hospital networks. The importance of the profession has risen in recent years due to the increased problems facing the nations in balancing cost, access and quality in their health systems and hospitals. Health care management has become a major priority worldwide; this is because nowadays there are many types of diseases and infections calling for many health care centers to be built so that they can offer quality treatment to the rising number of population. The experiences I have gained from the health care field have made me to be appreciative, helpful and attentive to people’s problems, be confident and be open-minded.
As a student in this field, I have developed an understanding of health and diseases as well as of the organizations that deliver and finance health care. Through learning this course, am prepared to assist in managing and assessing health care services, planning, financing, directing and coordinating the organization. One is able to work in hospitals, wellness centers, health and mental institutions, insurance firms and ambulatory facilities after completing the course. The first time I made the decision of taking the health care profession, I had little clue on what it entailed. I perceived it as a moneymaking profession without considering that I would be saving lives. Before attending school, I considered several facts. First, I had to be passionate about this career. Secondly, I had to be positive about contributing to the physical and mental welfare of others and lastly it had to be a lifetime career.
On joining school, the courses we studied were all rounded meaning they entailed all areas from theory to practical. Some courses include health politics, health economics, administration, health care management systems and the history of public health. Most courses seemed complex but when they are taught, they become simplified. Through those years, I have learned that the profession is quiet essential. It is important that health care organizations be built so that people can get access to the services offered. I learned being appreciative because the course has taught me how to appreciate opportunities. I am grateful since I got the chance to study one of the leading careers worldwide. Being in a position where you can apply your knowledge in saving a nation and making important decisions for a larger population is quite a privilege.
This course has made me to be open-minded; the projects I have done required explanations and great reasoning. One had to apply the academic knowledge as well as think outside the box. I had to attend to real life solutions and provide solutions that were practical. I have also learnt how to be attentive to people’s health issues and how to offer help. Many people have approached me with questions pertaining health problems, some that are complex and others that are minor. The ones that I knew I helped provide remedies and the complex ones I did not solve but they created curiosity within that drove me to reading more and researching more. I have become much of a reader and much of a researcher than before.
In the past, I was not talkative and so I could not address a large crowd mainly comprising of more than twenty people. However, now I can address hundreds though am still learning the art of being super confident. I often went numb before a large crowd due to fear but now I have become more confident since most of the time I have to explain my results to my fellow students and the lecturers. Results of how I came to achieve the findings of the research I had been assigned by the lecturer and the remedy I provided. I also have to give speeches in front of audiences that are not students outside the school premises as part of my many projects. As a healthcare student, I ought to be confident seeing, as in the near future I will be the head of a healthcare organization or an employee at an organization and will be required to be vocal. I will be required to communicate on what is taking place in the organization and offer remedies to certain situations. For example, if am to be a consultant, I will have to explain to the patients of the services offered at the centre. All the professions under the healthcare course need one to be vocal. The course has helped me acknowledge my strengths; I always wanted to be of great help to the society and could not find any other way other than taking this course and putting into practice what I have learned (Reynolds, 2000). With this knowledge, am capable of helping people and going places.
My weaknesses have been turned into strengths. I can now talk confidently and address a large crowd. In addition, I have become much of a reader since I spent most of the time reading academic books and researching on assignments concerning the health course. I have also become more focused and changed the perception of the career since I only viewed it as a money making job. I have learned the value of other people; I have appreciated the fact that we all need each other in order to co-exist. Finally, I have understood the organizations that offer the services. Academically, I have learned a lot, from the principles governing healthcare, the importance, the financial benefit and the services offered at the healthcare organizations. Am still pursuing the healthcare course and hoping to learn more through education and from experience. I have learnt of the history of public, that there are laws governing healthcares, and decisions that are to be made by the health Care executives. The academic bit has also proved that health is an issue that should be addressed at all times. Besides that, I will continue reading more books and doing more projects because I have learned that this is my way of understanding and without doing this two, I cannot greatly achieve my goals in life.
As a health care professional, I will be able to attend to the people that need my services with gratitude, carry out more research since the profession requires constant rethinking together with switching directions and finally learn more. As I have gained the academic knowledge from school, in future I will be able to put the understanding into practice. Moreover, I will be able to earn a good amount of cash if I practice the profession to perfection and increase my knowledge as well since this is a marketable career. I will be more focused given that I will have accomplished my desire in life, which is to be in the health care field. From the knowledge I will have gained from the academic course combined with the experiences that will have shaped my personality, I will be a great success.
Through this course I have gained confidence, become more open minded and even become a reader. All this qualities are useful to my profession and to my day-to-day life. I can now address other issues with courage and apply the strategies that are required in issues that revolve around life outside my profession (Moon, 1999). For example, one time I was assigned to carryout a research on why people get sick often and the possible solutions to preventing diseases. The reasons I found did apply to everyone and the solutions were practicable; from the knowledge I acquired I was able to follow a few of the prevention techniques. I applied the knowledge I got from the research and choose to follow the basics such as eat healthy, keep fit, take lots of water and avoid stress. The above basics were from the assignment but they still did apply to my life. The healthcare course has brought much change to my life, from not knowing anything to earning great understanding but I still have a desire to explore more. I have not yet learnt everything, but am looking forward to accomplishing my goals in the near future and advancing my skills through working with the real professionals. I look forward to working with those who have been in the field for years, as well as the ones on their way to the top. Together as a team, we will bring a huge change in the society and provide new solutions to healthcare problems and methods of healthcare maintenance.
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