Social Worker MSW -Per Diem
North Colorado Medical Center - Greeley, CO

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About North Colorado Medical Center
A 378-bed Level II trauma center and acute care facility with approximately 3100 employees, North Colorado Medical Center is the largest hospital in the region. As a regional medical center, we provide community-based and specialty services for a service area that includes southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. In order to provide the most compassionate and innovative care possible, we bring together state-of-the-art technology and an exceptional team of health care professionals. Our Intensive Care Unit has received national recognition and we have been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. For the healthcare professional, our Greeley, Colorado location offers access to a wide variety of recreational activities in an inviting, close-knit community.

About Banner Health
Banner Health is a comprehensive, award-winning health system that includes 23 hospitals in seven western states (twelve in Arizona), primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and much more. Throughout our system, skilled, compassionate professionals use the latest technology to change the way care is provided. We offer a choice of nursing career paths where you can leverage your abilities to make a real difference for your patients – and real change in the health care industry!

Job Summary:

This position develops, coordinates and provides social work services to patients and families who are faced with social, emotional and situational stressors precipitated by illness, injury, and/or disability. The goal is to aid in adaptation and empower the patient and the family to participate to the fullest of their abilities in the discharge planning process. This position provides developmentally appropriate care for the population that it serves which includes planning for the safe discharge and continuity of care, the ability to recognize and plan for the unique needs of all ages as well as the physically disabled, mentally ill, chronically ill and terminally ill patient.

Essential Functions
  • Assesses the functional and psychological needs of the patient within the framework of his/her developmental stage, functional abilities, cultural milieu, and support network.
  • Formulates a plan of intervention acceptable to the patient, family and medical team; proactively facilitates adjustment in the care plan or services when necessary to promote enhanced outcomes.
  • Documents all interventions in the patient medical record both timely and accurately including all elements of the discharge plan.
  • Provides advocacy, assistance, support, counseling and crisis intervention to patients and families. In the case of suspected abuse/neglect/exploitation, the Social Worker documents and reports where required. Assists with hospital-sponsored support groups.
  • Functions in a liaison role between the hospital and community in making community resources available to the patient and family.
  • Collaborates with all members of the healthcare team to develop, manage and communicate discharge plans. Maintains current working knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and other program benefits and criteria, particularly as they pertain to long-term care and low-income patients.
  • Provides professional education to staff and community.
Minimum Qualifications
Requires a Master’s in Social Work, Counseling or related field. Behavioral Health Licensure required as mandated by state board Requires a proficiency level typically achieved with 3 years acute care hospital experience. Banner Registry and Travel positions require a minimum of one year experience in an acute care hospital setting. Experience must include working in an acute care setting within the past 12 months as a Social Worker MSW in the specialty area. Must have knowledge of government/community resources such as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care or any other applicable resources/services. Must demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, effective communication skills, human relations skills and time management skills. In acute care, must be able to work flexible hours and take rotating call after hours.

Preferred Qualifications
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification preferred. Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

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