Organizational professionalism: relevant competencies and behaviors

Egener, B., McDonald, W., Rosof, B., Gullen, D.
Submitted: May, 2012

Call to action for nonprofit HCO. The professionalism behaviors of health care organizations have not been systemically categorized or described. Defining organizational professionalism is important because the behaviors of a health care organization may substantially impact the behaviors of physicians and others within the organization as well as other institutions and the larger community. Discusses the following competencies of organizational professionalism: Derived from ethical values: service, respect, fairness, integrity, accountability, mindfulness, and self-motivation. How nonprofit health care organizations can translate these competencies into behaviors is described. The unique responsibilities of leadership to model these competencies, promote them in the community, and develop relevant organizational strategies are clarified. These obligations elevate the importance of the executive leadership’s capacity for self-reflection and the governing boards’ responsibility for mapping operational activities to organizational mission. In an environment made turbulent by regulatory change and financial constraints, achieving proficiency in professionalism competencies can assist nonprofit health care organizations to promote population health and the well-being of their workforces.

Resource Type:
  • Peer Reviewed Research
  • Issue Briefs/Reports
Study Design:
  • Review
  • HCO
  • Professionalism Competencies