Senior Social Worker
Northwestern Memorial Hospital 226 reviews - Chicago, IL

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The following information in red applies only to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Physician Group applicants for staff level positions.

As part of completing the application process, you will be required to complete an online-assessment which will be sent to your e-mail following the submission of your resume. This questionnaire should take you approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Please note that your application will not be considered until there is a finalized assessment on file. If you have previously taken this assessment, you will not be required to take it again. We appreciate your interest in Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Northwestern Lake Forest applicants will not be required to take the assessment at this time.

QUALIFICATIONS : Required : Masters Degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work accredited by CSWE is required. Minimum of five years post masters experience in a health care environment or related setting. Three years experience in a medical Social Work specialty (examples include Women’s Health, Oncology, Cardiology, Neurosciences, Dialysis, HIV, Hospice, Transplant), or with a special patient population within a general medicine service such as sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, rheumatology, trauma, geriatrics, etc . Has provided a minimum of 4 semesters of graduate fieldwork instruction. Certification in Case Management. Demonstrated critical thinking skills and independent clinical practice using consultation as appropriate. Demonstrated leadership skills as evidenced by publications, conference presentations, positions held in professional associations, advanced research, community development activities, etc. Analytical skills necessary to independently collect, analyze, and interpret data, resolve problems requiring innovative solutions and to negotiate in sensitive situations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Psychosocial Assessment and Intervention. 1) Meets directly with patient / family to perform a comprehensive assessment including social, emotional, cultural, mental status, environmental and financial circumstances in conjunction with interdisciplinary assessment of the patient. Recommends a plan of intervention based on mutually established goals. 2) Provides psychosocial interventions which include reactions to illness and disability, especially the chronically and terminally ill. Facilitation of informed decision making (including advanced directives) and development of treatment/intervention plans. Adjustment to the hospital setting and compliance with treatment plan. Adjustment and coping with post hospital care needs and linkage to community resources. Gynecological and obstetrical related issues including teen pregnancy, parenting issues, adoption planning, infant developmental problems, drug exposed neonate, fetal death, unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy termination, and other care as needed. Issues related to insurance coverage and payment. Psychiatric symptoms and chemical dependency. Conflict resolution. Family and personal relationship that impact the plan of care and discharge plans. Performs assessments of the physical environment and adequacy of support systems for outpatients to prevent a crisis and / or hospitalization. Provides Crisis Intervention and / or Protective Services for the elderly without support systems; with impaired mental status and / or victims of suspected abuse and neglect. Victims of suspected sexual and physical assault (includes rape and molestation.) Victims of suspected child abuse or neglect. Victims of domestic violence. Guardianship and/or protective services for patients with significant mental status impairment or unsafe living environment. The homeless. Manages Discharge Planning through Placement Coordination, Resource Utilization, and Coordination of Skilled Home Health Care. Actively participates in the stages of discharge planning and ensures that the plan of care is coordinated, facilitated and effectively communicated to the physicians, healthcare team, patient and family. Provide initial screening for all new patients to assure medical necessity, source of funding, and likelihood of needing Social Work and / or discharge planning services. Serves as the point person for the plan of care as it applies to discharge planning needs through facilitation of direct and continuous communication and collaborative decision making, including participation in multidisciplinary rounds and case conferences and other collaborative forums. Coordinates action plans when barriers are present to facilitate resolution. Coordinates discharge planning to ensure a timely discharge (placement or return to community) through early identification, assessment and intervention for post-hospital care needs. Patient assessment, plan coordination and changes to the plan occur, as necessary, to ensure that the patient is discharged when medically ready to. Other acute hospitals; Rehabilitative facilities; Extended care facilities; Sub acute care; Psychiatric and chemical dependency care; Return to home; or Other living arrangements.Meets directly with patient and family to assess needs, preferences and develop appropriate plan that involves home health care services in collaboration with the physician. Ensures and maintains plan consensus from patient and family, physician and payer. Timely discharge is facilitated through early identification, ongoing assessment and intervention for post hospital care needs. Collaborates and communicates with multidisciplinary team in all phases of discharge planning. Ensures and maintains plan consensus from patient and family, physician, and payer as indicated. Works effectively within assigned Strategic Team Practice Model and collaborates with Continuity of Care Nurse Coordinators referring cases in a timely manner with appropriate communication. Proactively identifies and resolves delays and obstacles to discharge. Utilizes advanced conflict resolution skills as necessary to ensure timely resolution of issues and system problems. Seeks consultation from and makes referrals to appropriate disciplines / departments as required to expedite discharges. Demonstrates knowledge of community resources and an ability to connect patients and families with these resources. Acts as an advocate on behalf of the patient who requires assistance to gain access to needed information, resources, or services. Facilitates review of high risk cases by Office of General Counsel, Risk Management and informs appropriate members of the healthcare team as to interventions needed. Coordinates interventions in collaboration with healthcare team. Provides patient and family education that promotes wellness and increases knowledge of the health care system. Demonstrates knowledge of the utilization management process which includes level of care assignment, communication with payors and benefit authorization for applicable situations. Actively Participates in Clinical Performance Improvement Activities. Assists in the collection and reporting of financial indicators including LOS, avoidable days, resource utilization and discharge barriers. Uses data to drive decisions and plan/implement performance improvement strategies for assigned patients and units, including financial, clinical, quality and patient satisfaction data. Other, Provides graduate level Social Work field supervision for students requiring a field placement. Assumes responsibility for professional development and social work CEU requirements by participating in workshops, conferences, and/or inservices. Complies with Northwestern Memorial Hospital policies on patient confidentiality including HIPAA requirements and Personal Rules of Conduct. AA/EOE

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If you get blown over in the Windy City, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) can get you upright again. Its primary facility,...