Skills: Master’s Degree in Social Work. Must hold current License from the State of New Mexico as a Medical Social Worker.
***Must be able to work weekends
Knowledge: Requires detailed knowledge of State and JCAHO long-term care regulations regarding social work functions, discharge planning, activities programs, the implementation of these services and of those instruments which pertain to issues of licensure and reimbursement for these services to serve as the resource or educator to other practitioners in a field. Knowledge of Medical Social Work involving hospitalized patients and their families’ needs surrounding issues related to episodes of illness. This staff member must also demonstrate the knowledge to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served on his/her assigned unit. This staff member must be able to assess and interpret data about the patients status in order to identify each patient’s age specific needed and provide the care needed by the Geriatric and Adult patient groups.
Mental Power: Ability to identify problematic areas where resources do not exist to meet identified needs, and to create options and alternatives in the care continuum which are necessary to help stabilize and maintain the family.
Ability to make decisions that require significant analysis and investigation with solutions that requires significant original thinking.
Mental Power: Ability to determine appropriate courses of action in complex, often emotionally charged situations that may not always be addressed by existing policies, procedures, or protocols.
Ability to determine appropriates courses of action in more complex.
Physical Power: A walk, sits, stands in place, arm/wrist/hand movement, lifts.
Primary Job Functions
- The medical social worker is responsible for the identification and assessment of psychosocial problems and will work with patients and families achieve resolution or will provide referrals to the appropriate agencies for the service.
- The medical social worker shall be available for hospitalized patients and their families throughout the episode of illness in the hospital. This includes psychosocial problem-solving activities in admission and discharge phases and assessment of financial needs and available resources, which contribute to a safe and appropriate discharge to the community setting.
- Results of assessments and interventions are documented in the medical record.
- The medical social worker functions as an advocate and liaison to the multidisciplinary healthcare team and is responsible for discharge plans, which will achieve optimal patient outcomes.
- The medical social worker collaborates as a key member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. Collaboration includes the active participation of the social worker in the team decision-making process. He/she is responsible for helping the team members understand function and role of the social worker in the clinical setting.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services - 14 months ago