Healthcare Management Functions Of A Director Of Maternal Child Services

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Published research does not include a detailed or frank discussion of the four main healthcare management functions of a director of maternal child services. Therefore, I contacted Dorinda Kirby, RN, for a knowledgeable discussion of the four main healthcare management functions of a director for maternal child services. Mrs. Kirby is an expert in the field, having practiced for 34 years. Of the 34 years, Mrs. Kirby served three years on the staff as a charge RN, 25 years as a nurse manager and six years as a director. Mrs. Kirby is the Director of Maternal Child Services at Merit Health River Oaks Hospital. She reports to the Chief Nursing Executive, Sherry Cook, MSN, and Mrs. Kirby has three assistant directors that report to her, and the nurses from the different units report to the three assistant directors, as well as herself. Coulter, Decenzo, and Robbins (2014) said that “planning involves defining the organization’s objectives or goals, establishing an overall strategy for achieving those goals, and developing a comprehensive hierarchy of plans to integrate and coordinate activities. It’s concerned with ends (what is to be done) as well as with means (how it’s to be done)” (p.123). To assess how planning assists Mrs. Kirby 's ability to be more effective, she discussed defining goals, establishing a strategy, developing plans to manage activities and encouraging organizational members to keep attentive. Mrs. Kirby stated that the goal for the nursing staff is
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