WHAT DO ADMISSIONS DIRECTORS DO?
Admissions directors lead the team that moves patients into nursing facilities, long-term care, hospices, senior living centers and similar places. They work with hospitals, developing good relationships with those facilities to understand the individual's needs, work with nurses and their staff at the facility to make sure they are prepared for the person with all vital information.
Admissions directors are in charge of hiring and training staff, setting schedules and being up to date on the latest trends, practices and rules, making sure staff is given this information. They make sure that the mission and philosophy of their medical facility is understood and upheld by all of their staff. They often give tours to prospective clients, field questions from clients and their families, and let answer any concerns they may have.
HOW MUCH DO ADMISSIONS DIRECTORS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) health and medical service managers made a median hourly income of $40.52 in 2010, or $84,270 per year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
This job requires a mix of education and experience. Companies require at least a bachelor's degree in health services, gerontology, long-term care administration or similar fields to get started, and master's degrees are getting more and more common. In addition, you will need experience in the field and proven leadership skills to get the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Leadership: Admissions directors need to lead and motivate their team, as well as praise or discipline employees and settle disputes.
- Communication: Admissions directors talk with healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, families and patients on a daily basis. They must be friendly and be able to listen to people's needs and concerns and explain complicated concepts in a clear and concise way.
- Empathy: Admissions directors will work with the people who may be injured, infirmed or confused and their families. Understanding their needs and concerns is crucial.
- Detail oriented: Admissions directors work with medical records and must organize and process this information for use in their facility and with referring medical facilities.
- Technical skills. Admissions directors use computers to input data and may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems.
THE FUTURE OF ADMISSIONS DIRECTORS
The health field in general will grow rapidly as baby boomers age and retire. According to the BLS, medical and health service manager jobs will grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020.