Job Summary :Full time day position available. Previous case management experience with Oncology patients is highly desired.
Summary: The purpose of medical social work is to promote an optimal level of social/emotional functioning and to enable patients to appropriately utilize health care and other services to achieve their optimal level of health. Social Workers recognize that the relationship between psychosocial factors and illness influence the patient’s recovery. Through provision of direct services (including coordination of complex discharge planning and follow up), collaboration and consultation with the physician, care coordinator and other hospital staff and through mobilization of community services and resources Medical Social Workers can help the patient and family to appropriately utilize health care services and their own resources to prevent or treat illness.
1. Assess patients for need for medical social work intervention; assessment of discharge planning needs is done in conjunction with the patient’s Nurse Care Coordinator. For all patient's referred or identified for services, assess the patient's and family's social and emotional environment and ability to cope with the current situation and with the transition to the next level of care.
2. Engage in collaborative care planning with the patient’s physician, Nurse Care Coordinator and other disciplines involved in the patient’s care. Actively participate in regularly scheduled patient care conferences.
3. Provide counseling and emotional support needed as a result of the stresses created by and the adjustments and lifestyle changes necessitated by illness and hospitalization.
4. Provide discharge planning services for patients with complex or multiple needs. This function involves thoroughly assessing discharge needs and delineating responsibilities with the Nurse Care Coordinator, exploring potential discharge alternatives, providing education and information, assisting the patient and/or family with making a decision about post discharge living arrangements, obtaining available community services, needed durable medical equipment and transportation and arranging for short term or permanent placements when needed.
5. Provide assistance to patients and families with obtaining available financial assistance for which they may be eligible in an effort to assist them implementing a discharge plan and with resolving financial concerns related to the cost of hospitalization and after care and to potential income loss resulting from illness or injury.
6. Function as a resource person for physicians and other associates by assisting them with identifying and dealing with the patient's and family's social and emotional needs, both during hospitalization and as they relate to making appropriate discharge plans and by providing relevant and accurate information about community resources, including financial assistance.
7. Maintain a community and financial resource knowledge base adequate to provide accurate and appropriate information and to make appropriate referrals. Function as a liaison with community agencies and facilities and maintain productive working relationships with persons in community agencies, nursing and rehabilitation facilities and other hospitals.
8. Provide information and counseling regarding advance medical directives and end of life decision making. Facilitate arrangements for appointment of health care representative, power of attorney or guardian.
9. Use common sense and professional skills to appropriately address the needs of patients taking into account the individual's age, any handicap, mental status and diagnosis.
10. Provide timely, clear, concise written documentation of the social work assessment, services provided, discharge plan when coordinated by the Social Worker, recommendations, and referrals made in Patient Notes in the patient's medical record and on other Social Service Department records. Documents patient and family education on the Multidisciplinary Education Record. Keep records well organized so that they can be easily retrieved in the Social Worker's absence.
Education and Experience Required:
1. A Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) from a school with an accredited social work program and either:
a. educational emphasis on health care, including a field placement in a hospital social service department or other health care agency OR
b. previous work experience in a hospital social service department or other health care setting.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Work Shift :1st Shift (United States of America)
Scheduled Weekly Hours :40