Within the organization itself, career advancement for hospice administrators typically includes higher supervisor positions and hospice directors. The next level up from hospice administrator is chief hospice executive. The chief hospice executive is responsible for the organization, direction and planning of patient care. The next level is the hospice director. The director is responsible for assigning tasks and managing hospice administrators and chief hospice executives. Other possibilities include work with government health agencies and other health care programs that work with hospice. You would be a liaison between hospice and the other programs. This means planning patient care, providing employees and volunteers for other health care programs and coordinating funding.
When you advance, you would be responsible for more than one hospice location and making sure hospice administrators have what they need to do their job, including funding, volunteers and employees. Depending on the type of hospice administrator you currently are, you can move up as the administrator for an entire region, extending your duties to multiple locations. As a supervisor, you will be in charge of hospice administrators and other hospice positions. The tasks you are responsible for become more political and office like instead of working directly with patients. Common tasks include hiring new employees for your locations, heading meetings for administrators and other head staff.
If you enjoy the hospice administrator position itself, you can still advance by changing locations. While you may currently be the administrator for a small area hospice, you could advance your career by moving in the administrator position for a larger hospice or city.
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