A hospital is a big place where a lot of work has to be done: helping people get along with each other, making sure the rules and regulations are doing their job, keeping a sharp eye on the expenses, and plainly getting things done smoothly and without a hitch. The hospital then needs someone to step in and make sure things are organized; allowing the doctors and nurses to do their jobs effectively and without worrying about the little things.

A hospital needs an administrator to do just that:

Management is one of the basic functions of a hospital administrator, making sure everything is working the way it should. A properly managed hospital allows the different members of the hospital (i.e. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, specialists etc.) to work in unison. This then allows for a system to take root and guide the regular and routine procedures of all the staff in a hospital.

Employment concerns like screening and promotions are yet another issue that a hospital administrator has to deal with. An administrator must learn to be able to identify who would be most qualified to be in a certain position, and a good administrator has to have a fundamental understanding of both the person being considered and the position he or she is gunning for.

Finance is one of the major responsibilities a hospital administrator has to have a hand in. Though the bulk of the computing for profit and expenses is left up to an accountant, a hospital administrator would make the decisions on financial solutions that will either make or break a hospital’s survival.

Policies may be considered an offshoot of an administrator’s role in management, but it is unique in its own right: drafting policies is like laying the path for the staff to follow. Drafting up good policies that will work for the betterment of the hospital and its staff requires intimate knowledge of everything that goes around in a hospital. This involves the implementation of the policies as well – making sure that they are followed to protect both the hospital staff and the patients being cared for.

These four aspects of administration are just the general duties of an administrator. The little things and the specific tasks vary according to the level of an administrator, as well as the nature of the hospital he or she will be working in. But there is one more aspect that has to be taken into consideration, even if it is not strictly a requirement that will be listed in a hospital administrator’s job description.

That aspect would be leadership. It is above all else one of the most vital functions of a hospital administrator. Even if he or she pins down all the right moves in managing, employment, finance and policies, it takes a measure of leadership for a hospital administrator to actually get the willing cooperation of the staff to get things done properly.

A question in mind, how can a hospital ever manage to thrive without a hospital administrator? It simply is impossible.