- Purpose of Job
- Medical social workers typically work in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or hospice, have a graduate degree in the field, and work with patients and their families in need of psychosocial help.
- Job Requirements
- Candidates must meet one of the educational requirements below.
- Bachelor of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work is required.
- Candidate must be enrolled in and provide proof of enrollment and course schedule in an accredited Master of Social Work program with a graduate date within two years date of hire. (Allowed for Casual position only)
- Master of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work is preferred.
- Three to six months of on the job training.
- Certified Masters Social Worker (CMSW) or Master Social Worker (MSW) or Certified Social Worker (CSW) Required.
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) Preferred.
- Skilled in promoting positive relations when interacting with patients or other customers.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force.
- Not neccessary for the position (0%):
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Distinguish colors
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related:
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Electrical Shock/Static
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Rare (1-33%):
- Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
- Assesses patient/family within 24 hr or next business day of referral.
- Assessments to include identification of pre-hospital level of functioning and current patient/family utilization of community resources (Meals on Wheels (MOW), Home Health Care (HHC), etc.)
- Assess and identify patients with limited support systems, level of functioning, and financial resources.
- Assesses impact of illness of injury on social support system, level of functioning and financial situation, assesses psychosocial needs.
- Utilizes standard form for assessments.
- Refers patients to MASH when appropriate.
Medical Plan of Care
- Aware of the medical plan of care and collaborates with care coordinator regarding post acute patient clinical needs.
- Communicates patient needs to the post acute care provider.
- Identifies need for interpreter services.
- Aware of community services and placement options available.
- Communicates with patient/family options for post acute care both private and community based and arranges same.
- Formulates primary discharge arrangements and secondary plan (back up plan).
- Collaborates with care coordinator regarding referral to pharmacy for options on medication cost/frequency to assist in discharge planning to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF's).
- Communicates with patient/family benefits/limitations for post acute care.
- Arranges appropriate transportation for patient at dismissal.
- Notifies patient, family, and care team of final discharge arrangements.
- Referral as appropriate to Adult Protective Services (APS), Child Protective Services (CPS).
- Communicates with patient/family options for post acute care both private and community based.
- Communicates with patient/family benefits/limitations of provider for post acute care.
- Communicates and arranges services for patients with limited financial resources.
- Provides Medicare/Medicaid information to patient/family.
- Communicates assessment findings and recommendations for intervention (i.e.: behavioral health, community services).
- Participates and/or facilitates interdisciplinary rounds on daily basis.
- Shares pertinent information with care coordinator and/or other individuals if not in attendance.
Essential Functions II
Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.