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Company: Bronson Healthcare
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech

Description

A career with Bronson opens up new worlds. Cutting-edge technologies, clinical expertise and business innovations combined with individual human care and compassion are all a part of the experience.



Location
BBC Bronson Battle Creek

Title
Medical Social Worker

Hospital Medical Social Worker:


Responsible for the delivery of social work services to all medical areas of the hospital to a variety of patient populations. Provides direct intervention with patients and families in such areas as mental health, suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, child/adult abuse/neglect, death/grief, crisis intervention, advocacy, and substance abuse. In conjunction with assessment provides intervention for families and patients for discharge planning, etc. Educates and counsels patients/families on available community resources and facilities. Collaborates with other members of the patient care team including external agencies to assess each situation to determine the best course of action. Coordinates and manages systems and activities toward the end that referred patients are discharged in a timely manner to psychiatric facilities, substance abuse treatment, etc. Employees providing direct patient care must demonstrate competencies specific to the population served.



Practice Medical Social Worker:


Responsible for the delivery of social work services in the ambulatory medical practice setting to a variety of patients including pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. Coordinates care to ensure patient/family access to an array of community services. Administers behavioral health screenings and conducts and arranges for more detailed assessments when indicated. Delivers brief interventions to support necessary lifestyle and behavioral changes. Responds to crisis situations in the ambulatory setting. Identifies high-risk psychosocial needs of patients/families. Collaborates with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary team to ensure understanding of the impact the disease or illness has on the patient's mental and emotional health. Offers a range of brief, focused prevention, treatment and recovery services for patients with mild to moderate risk factors. Works effectively as part of the interdisciplinary health care teams. Provides culturally competent clinical services which are relevant to patients/families. Emphasis of duties may vary depending upon the area of assignment.



Advanced Illness Management Medical Social Worker:


Responsible for the delivery of palliative care social work services to all medical areas of the hospital to a variety of patients including pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. Social work in hospice and palliative care can be defined as the discipline that provides a professional continuum of services that address the psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by serious and life-limiting illness in order to maintain, or improve, their optimal quality of life. Social work activities are focused on the biopsychosocial components of health and mental health from a strengths-based perspective, and intervention is based on an evolving plan of care that is developed in the context of, and contributes to the interdisciplinary team's comprehensive plan of care. In addition to providing direct services to patients and their families, social workers provide leadership in their organizations through community education and the development of resources, services, and programs to meet patient and caregiver needs. Social workers also advocate for policies that promote equal access to care for all populations and ensure high quality and state of the art social work services in all communities. Social workers in palliative and end of life care shall demonstrate a working knowledge of the theoretical and biopsychosocial factors essential to effectively practice with clients and professionals.



Hospital Medical Social Worker:



Master's degree in Social Work and 1 year recent medical or mental health experience required
Additional education/experience may be required depending on specific department



Current Social Work license in the state of Michigan


• Ability to move about the hospital to meet with patients and/or families in the patient care units
• Basic Word Processing Skills
• Demonstrates excellent human relation skills including verbal and written communication, problem solving, advocacy, assertiveness and empathy skills
• Has a customer service orientation
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, as a demonstration of the function of effective process and relationships with the patient and members of the interdisciplinary team
• Demonstrates effective interviewing, problem-solving and critical thinking in providing services to patients
• Regularly utilizes effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills as needed.

Work which produces high levels of mental/visual fatigue, e.g., interactive and repetitive or small detailed work requiring alertness and concentration for sustained periods of time, the operation of and full attention to a personal computer or CRT between 40 and 70 percent of the time.
Involves regularly lifting of bulky or moderately heavy weights (i.e., up to 50 pounds), and occasionally assisting with heavier tasks or expending the equivalent effort in pushing, pulling, or otherwise handling material, equipment, and other objects.
Depending on department of assignment
• Assesses the nature of the crisis and the immediate social/emotional needs and strengths of the patient and family in order to provide appropriate intervention.
• Performs appropriate screenings based on patient population and need.
• Identifies problems surrounding the crisis situation and may act as patient advocate to ameliorate such problems.
• Collaborates with other members of the patient care team to understand each situation from different perspectives and recommends or provides immediate treatment and solution focused interventions.
• Works effectively as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, collaborating and communicating regularly with the team and other members on cases and as issues arise.
• Identifies the need for, develops plan of care and makes referrals to community agencies and other healthcare specialist and plans to ensure the appropriate follow-up treatment and support is available and provided for after leaving the department.
• Thoroughly documents each case and enters appropriate information into the patient's medical record.
• Participates in the development of departmental policies, procedures and protocols.
• Identifies and provides for learning needs of patients, families, and healthcare co-workers.
• Assumes responsibility for professional development.
• Develops and supports a positive work climate and the overall team effort of the department.
• Mentors and supervises students.
• Performs other duties as assigned.



Practice Medical Social Worker:


  • Masters of Social Work degree with one-year recent medical or mental health experience.
  • Licensure in the State of Michigan as a Social Worker required (Limited License not accepted).
  • Work which produces high levels of mental/visual fatigue, e.g., interactive and repetitive or small detailed work requiring alertness and concentration for sustained periods of time, the operation of and full attention to a personal computer or CRT between 40 and 70 percent of the time.
    Involves regularly lifting of bulky or moderately heavy weights (i.e., up to 50 pounds), and occasionally assisting with heavier tasks or expending the equivalent effort in pushing, pulling, or otherwise handling material, equipment, and other objects.
  • Regularly communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, as a demonstration of the function of effective process and relationships with the patient/family and members of the interdisciplinary team. Communicates with internal customers such as, physicians, multi-disciplinary team, finance, and management. Demonstrates effective interviewing, problem-solving and critical thinking in providing services to patients. Communicates effectively with external customers such as patients, third party payers, community agencies on a daily basis and often simultaneously. Regularly utilizes effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills as needed.
  • Assesses the nature of the crisis and the immediate social/emotional needs and strengths of the patient and family in order to provide appropriate intervention.
  • Performs appropriate screenings based on patient population and need.
  • Identifies problems surrounding the crisis situation and may act as patient advocate to ameliorate such problems.
  • Collaborates with other members of the patient care team to understand each situation from different perspectives and recommends or provides immediate treatment and solution focused interventions.
  • Works effectively as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, collaborating and communicating regularly with the team and other members on cases and as issues arise.
  • Identifies the need for, develops plan of care and makes referrals to community agencies and other healthcare specialist and plans to ensure the appropriate follow-up treatment and support is available and provided for after leaving the department.
  • Thoroughly documents each case and enters appropriate information into the patient's medical record.
  • Participates in the development of departmental policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Identifies and provides for learning needs of patients, families, and healthcare coworkers.
  • Assumes responsibility for professional development.
  • Develops and supports a positive work climate and the overall team effort of the department.
  • Mentors and supervises students.
  • Driving your own vehicle on a regularly scheduled basis to perform business on behalf of Bronson is required for this position and will require successfully pass of MVR check after an offer of employment has been made but prior to the employee's start date. Proof of valid auto insurance on that vehicle that will be driven while on duty for Bronson is required. It is the employee's responsibility to submit auto insurance renewals before current coverage expires to their supervisor. It is also the employee's responsibility to update their auto insurance coverage with Bronson if a different vehicle will be driven to perform business on behalf of Bronson.



Advanced Illness Management Medical Social Worker:


Masters of Social Work degree with experience of 4 or more years combined in medical social work and hospice or palliative care. Licensure in the state of Michigan as a Social Worker required (Must be fully licensed, limited license not acceptable). Must obtain certification as Hospice & Palliative Social Worker within 12-18 months of hire.


  • Work which produces high levels of mental/visual fatigue, e.g., interactive and repetitive or small detailed work requiring alertness and concentration for sustained periods of time, the operation of and full attention to a personal computer or CRT between 40 and 70 percent of the time.


  • Involves regularly lifting of bulky or moderately heavy weights (i.e., up to 50 pounds), and occasionally assisting with heavier tasks or expending the equivalent effort in pushing, pulling, or otherwise handling material, equipment, and other objects.


  • Demonstrates excellent human relation skills including verbal and written communication, problem solving, advocacy, assertiveness and empathy skills. Has a customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrates an attitude of compassion and sensitivity to clients, respecting clients' rights to self-determination and dignity. Social workers shall be aware of their own beliefs, values, and feelings and how their personal self may influence their practice.
  • Will show, and continue to develop, specialized knowledge and understanding about history, traditions, values, and family systems as they relate to palliative and end of life care within different groups. Social workers shall be knowledgeable about, and act in accordance with, the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (NASW, 2001).
  • Regularly communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, as a demonstration of the function of effective process and relationships with the patient and members of the interdisciplinary team. Communicates with internal customers such as, physicians, multi-disciplinary team, finance, and management. Demonstrates effective interviewing, problem-solving and critical thinking in providing services to patients. Communicates effectively with external customers such as, patients, third party payers, community agencies on a daily basis and often simultaneously. Regularly utilizes effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills as needed.
  • Functions as part of an interdisciplinary effort for the comprehensive delivery of palliative and end of life services. Collaborates with team members and advocates for clients' needs with objectivity and respect to reinforce relationships with providers who have cared for the patient along the continuum of illness.
  • The MSW will be assigned Palliative Care patients by the Palliative Care provider per provider clinical judgment. Once assigned the PC MSW will follow the patient's psychosocial needs from that time until PC MSW has obtained a clinically appropriate safe discharge plan, as agreed upon by PC provider.


  • PC MSW will meet with patient and family routinely, providing support and information regarding direction of discharge planning. Assessing and enhancing patient/family strengths and coping skills, along with assessing for psychosocial distress and complicated grief.
  • Identifies patient's/family's unique psychosocial & emotional needs
  • Identifies problems surrounding the crisis situation and may act as patient advocate to ameliorate such problems.


  • Assesses patient/family risk for psychosocial distress or complicated grief.


  • Assesses and enhance patient/family strengths and coping skills in order to provide appropriate intervention.



  • Assesses and enhances the responsiveness of the environment and connecting the patient, family, caregiver with community resources as needed
  • Identifies psychosocial interventions to be offered as part of the evolving comprehensive plan of care developed in accordance with the patient's/family's wishes and the interdisciplinary team
  • Incorporates assessments in developing and implementing intervention plans that enhance the clients' abilities and decisions in palliative and end of life care.
  • Provides intervention for specific symptom relief and to reduce risk for distress
  • Assesses and manages psychosocial aspects of pain
  • Screens for psychopathology and abuse and educating and intervening accordingly
  • Evaluates the efficacy of treatment interventions
  • Advocates for the needs, decisions, and rights of clients in palliative and end of life care.
  • Advocates for legislative and organizational policies and procedures that seek to ensure all patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness have equal access to quality palliative and end of life care.
  • Identifies the need for, develops plan of care including coordination and scheduling of family meeting, and makes referrals to community agencies and other healthcare specialists. Plans for patient discharge to ensure the appropriate follow-up treatment and support is available and provided for after leaving the department or hospital. PC MSW will obtain gas cards, meal passes etc. for patients on service when applicable. PC MSW will assist with applications for community-based services and provide financial assistance information.
  • Collaborates and communicates with other members of the patient (providers, chaplain, unit MSW, etc.) care team to understand each situation from different perspectives and recommends or provides immediate treatment and solution focused interventions.
  • Thoroughly documents each case and enters appropriate information into the computer and on the patient chart. PC MSW will use EPIC “sticky notes”, along with DCP documentation to communicate to patient care team (i.e. physicians, nurses, unit MSW, etc.) the assigned PC MSW.
  • Participates in the development of departmental policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Attends departmental meetings to keep informed of department policies and practices and facilitate team goals, such as performance improvement, staff meetings, speaker presentations, etc. Attend the daily Palliative Care team meetings. Attend monthly MSW team meetings and present annually at these meeting to provide PalliativeCare education and information to the MSW department. Also present at two departments other that MSW and PC annually to provide education and Palliative Care information.
  • Social workers shall have, and shall continue to develop, specialized knowledge and understanding about history, traditions, values, and family systems as they relate to palliative and end of life care within different groups. Social workers shall be knowledgeable about, and act in accordance with, the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (NASW, 2001).
  • Assumes responsibility for one's own professional development in the field of palliative care.
  • The hours will flex to the team and patient needs. This includes weekend coverage for the MSW approximately twice each year and holiday rotation.
  • Identifies and provides for learning needs of patients, families, and health care co-workers.
  • Develops and supports a positive work climate and the overall team effort of both the Social Work and Palliative Care departments.




Shift
First Shift

Time Type
Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours
40


Cost Center
2450 Case Management/Medical Social Work (BBC)


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