Mrs. Jackson’s Dilemma
The emergence of human resources management as its own department is a relatively new development in many organizations. While HR has not always existed as its own department, businesses and organizations—particularly those in the health care field—have always had a need for human resources management.
In this week’s Discussion, you will examine a case study that illustrates how HR responsibilities were handled before the existence of HR departments. Then, you will consider the related challenges in the health care field.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Read Chapter 1 in the course text, focusing on the historical reasons for the emergence of the HR department, especially within health care organizations.
- Read Chapter 2 in the course text, and examine the various roles and responsibilities the HR department can fulfill.
- Review Chapter 3 in the course text. Focus on the legal framework pertinent to human resources management.
- Read the article, “Strategic Human Resource Management as Ethical Stewardship,” and consider how the existence of an HR department benefits an organization and its employees.
- Review the case study “Mrs. Jackson’s Dilemma” in Chapter 1 in the course text. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages—both personal and organizational—of Mrs. Jackson’s involvement in hiring new nurses.
- Think about how the existence of an HR department in the hospital would help to address some of the disadvantages you identified. Would the HR department’s involvement in hiring new nurses have the same advantages as Mrs. Jackson’s involvement?
Note: Initial postings must be 250-350 words (not including references).
Post by Day 4 a brief summary of the key differences and similarities between Mrs. Jackson‘s responsibilities and concerns and those of health care organizations today. Then, briefly describe what has changed since the time of the case study and what has brought about this change. Compare how Mrs. Jackson’s situation would be handled today, how HR would be involved, and how these changes have been impacted by an evolving legal framework. Finally, highlight the purpose of HR and reflect on its value.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 6, respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
- Ask a probing question.
- Expand on the colleague’s posting with additional insight and resources.
- Offer polite disagreement or critique, supported with evidence.
In addition, you may also respond as follows:
- Offer and support an opinion.
- Validate an idea with your own experience.
- Make a suggestion or comment that guides or facilitates the discussion.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are not required to post these final insights.
- Course Text: Fallon, Jr., L. F., & McConnell, C. R. (2014). Human resource management in health care: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett .
- Chapter 1, “An Overview of Human Resources”
- Chapter 2, “How Human Resources Fits Into an Organization”
- Chapter 3, “The Legal Framework of Contemporary Human Resources”
- The Joint Commission (TJC)