POSITION SUMMARY: The Social Worker under the supervision of the Director performs services in a designated area according to the policies, procedures, philosophy, and objectives of the department and hospital. Works cooperatively within department and other services to create a system of quality health care.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: The Social Worker assesses selected cases within a defined patient population to evaluate for potential psychosocial barriers to quality patient outcomes and timely, safe and appropriate discharges. The Social worker intervenes in situations where the treatment plan can be significantly impacted by providing the patient/family with support and counseling regarding social, emotional and/or financial issues. The Social Worker is a mandatory reporter in suspected cases of abuse or neglect.
Identifies specific physical, emotional, educational and cultural needs of patients and completes an assessment.
Utilizes assessment skills to continually gather information about the health, psychosocial status and discharge needs of the individual and family.
Collaborates with physician, healthcare team and the patient/family in developing a Plan of Care and documents accordingly.
Regularly perceives potential problem situations and intervenes to offset adverse impact, demonstrates proactive attitude.
Identifies appropriate resources and other agencies within the health care delivery system and makes referrals as needed.
Utilizes established protocols and collaborates with health team to facilitate therapeutic interventions and attainment of desired patient outcomes.
Assists hospital staff dealing with cases of abuse and neglect and report cases to appropriate agencies/authorities.
Implements the discharge plan in collaboration with the patient’s physician, case manager and other providers.
Reports pertinent observations and reactions regarding patients to the appropriate person (i.e., physicians, clinical manager, or charge nurse) and records those observations accurately and concisely.
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