Position Summary: The Social Worker, MSW I identifies patients potentially requiring long-term care, nursing home placement, rehabilitation placement, foster care, assisted living, home health, hospice, or palliative care services within 48 working hours of admission. Interviews patients, families, providers, and/or significant others obtain historical and current information and accurately and clearly recorded in the Medical Record. Acts as an advocate for patient within the hospital and community systems striving for excellence in patient care and discharge planning by initiating referrals to other hospital services and/or community resources for those patients returning home. Consults with care coordinators and unit nurse staff daily and collaborates effectively with the patient's case manager including medical rehabilitation and renal/dialysis patients. Assesses and develops appropriate and safe discharge plans that meet the environmental, psychological and/or socioeconomic needs of the patient and family system. Effectively conducts case reviews and discussions with physicians, nursing staff and other hospital or community program staff to monitor patient progress, appropriate discharge planning, and continuity of care in all areas of the inpatient and outpatient medical setting under the supervision of an LCSW or LCSW-C. Assesses mental health needs of patients and assists in developing safe and supportive discharge planning as needed under the supervision of an LCSW-C. Provides direct supervision to masters and bachelor level social work students as requested.
Education: Master's degree from an accredited school of social work.
Experience: Experience in the medical field is preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Must be licensed in State of Maryland as a LMSW.
Skills: Demonstrated capacity to handle a rapidly changing case load without incurring significant service delays. Demonstrated ability to process written/electronic applications with corresponding medical information for long-term care placements and ensures that applications are circulated to nursing homes and other agencies at the time of discharge.
MAY BE REQUIRED TO WORK ADDITIONAL HOURS OR VARYING SHIFTS TO MEET THE OPERATIONAL NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT.
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