The Social Service department is the dumping ground for everything and anything other departments can't or won't deal with. We are also responsible for resident MDS interviews, admission/discharge/quarterly/annual meetings with residents and their family members, discharge planning to include ordering of home health and medical equipment, behavior meetings to monitor the reduction of psychotropic medications, organizing ancillary services, and the endless meetings that take up about 25% of the time or more. The most enjoyable part of the job are my co-workers, the residents and most of the families are terrific too. The least enjoyable part of the job is the lack of support, recognition and respect for what I do as a social worker from the executive director. I have many more years of experience than most of the nurses, I'm well respected and often times relied on by the other departments as well as the medical director and yet I'm compensated drastically less, plus I'm salary, so no overtime, no bonuses and only a 1% annual raise. Absolutely no work/life balance.
compensation and long days