Assists patients and their families with medical and social issues including assessment, evaluation, support, discharge planning, counseling, education and advocacy, makes referrals to appropriate community resources and provides crisis intervention as needed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Identifies all patients for possible discharge planning needs.
Follows the patient's course of treatment and progress from the date of admission to keep abreast of anticipated needs from the viewpoint of the physicians, the hospital staff, patient and family through continuity of care conferences daily.
Maintains an effective working relationship and acts as a liaison with all providers of health care and health care service agencies.
Keeps abreast of new developments in the community agencies that can be used in the care of patients by networking.
Assures the proper documentation of services provided in the patient's record.
Facilitates patient care conferences where coordination of post-hospital care is anticipated.
Provides in-service training for employees and outside groups or individuals for orientation to the policies and procedures, and provides social work care to patients.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, workshops, current literature, in-service meetings, etc.
Facilitates community support groups as implemented through the organization.
Can serve as contact/communicator/resource person regarding issues related to ethical dilemmas or concerns.
Attends and is a member of appropriate community, regional and state committees.
Supports the policies and procedures of the organization and the standards of the Joint Commission as required for full accreditation.
Demonstrates organization values in daily work.
Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Applies knowledge of age-related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position, as the employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
BS/BA Degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education or an associated degree under the supervision of a licensed social worker. At least one year of experience in the field of human services preferred.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally push and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The duties of this job description represent Class III hazards as classified by OSHA.