Medical Social Worker
Norton Sound Health Corporation - Nome, AK

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Provide psycho-social assessments and social services to people of all ages; Counsel and aid patients and/or families to help the patient understand and accept medical recommendations; Assess and treat non-medical problems interfering with effective patient care; May work on a medical or psychiatric unit and provide group and family therapy and discharge planning Uphold the organization’s vision, mission, and corporate values. Demonstrate understanding of and compliance with organization’s policies, procedures, code of conduct and work rules. Essential Functions:
  • Provide medical social work services to patients of all ages, including the patients located in the Inpatient Unit, Outpatient Clinic and village clinics via telephone, walk-in patients and to staff
  • Provide child and adult protective services assistance and consultation to staff and patients
  • Respond to requests for medical social work services, including case management, discharge planning, nursing home/assisted living placements, risk management, crisis intervention, care coordination, resource identification and referral made by physicians, nurses or administration
  • Coordinate nursing home and assisted living placements for patients
  • Provide medical social work services, including assessments, participation in care conferences, case management, discharge planning, etc. to the residents of QCC in the absence of the Social Services Manager
  • Assist in locating community resources for clients
  • Advocate for patient or resident rights issues and actively support the Corporation’s philosophy by participating in patient/customer focused care activities and quality assessment/improvement team activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Personal Traits:
    All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to consistently demonstrate the organization’s values: integrity, cultural sensitivity and respect for traditional values, continual learning and improving, compassion, teamwork and pride. Employees are expected to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, accountability, cooperation with and consideration of others. Required Knowledge:
    All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to have general knowledge of typical office technologies such as computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and typical office software. Job Specific Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of the psycho-social diagnostic processes of assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Knowledge of legal aspects of protective services, legal representation options for patients, confidentiality and patient/resident rights
  • Required Skills and Abilities:
    All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to have a broad range of skills and abilities centered around a strong patient focus, efficient performance, and teamwork. All employees should have patient/customer service skills, interpersonal skills and good communication skills. All employees should have the ability to manage their time and organize their work to ensure efficient performance. In addition, all employees should have the ability to follow policy, procedure and instructions, actively communicate with their supervisors to ensure understanding and manage their work accordingly. Finally, all employees should have the ability to understand and manage patient/customer confidentiality.
    Job Specific Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to use and implement the psycho-social diagnositic process of assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation.
  • Abilty to effectively document patient interventions in the medical record
  • Minimum Requirements:

    Master's Degree
    Social Work or related field

    General (non-supervisory)

    2 years

    performing medical social work, child protection or adult protection services or related field

    Licensure, Certification, Etc.

    Alaska Social Worker License (LSW)

    Physical Requirements:
  • Use hands and arms to operate office or clinical equipment
  • Sit less than half the workday
  • Stand and/or walk more than half the workday
  • View electronic monitors for prolonged periods of time
  • Use hands and arm for repetitive motion tasks
  • Lift or carry unaided less than 25 pounds
  • Push or pull using up to moderate force
  • See and hear with normal acuity
  • Working Conditions:
  • Work is conducted in a standard clinical environment to include exposure to latex, biohazard or other harmful substances
  • Minimal travel is required (less than 25% of the time)
  • Travel is required via large aircraft
  • Travel is required via small (less than 16 passenger) aircraft

  • About this company
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    Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) is a tribally owned and operated, independent, not-for profit health care organization, founded in...