Licensed Independent Social Worker - Department of Primary and Specialty Care, FT

JOB SUMMARY

Provides direct social services for neonates, infants, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients and their families up to and including, but not limited to the following departments: The Birthing Center and Primary and Specialty Care Clinics, Provides emotional and environmental support for patients. Demonstrates critical thinking to assure optimum care, within the restrictions of insurance guidelines and limitations.  Collaborates with all members of the health care team to help facilitate an appropriate plan for patients.  Assists in providing resources for patients with complex needs.  Works closely with staff to effectively assess and assist with patient needs within and outside of the hospital setting.  Adheres to organizational policies and procedures; regulatory/accrediting body requirements; and professional practice standards.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral processes.
  • Knowledge of obstetric and neonatal psychosocial and family support services.
  • Knowledge of the psychosocial aspects of cancer care
  • Working knowledge of rules/regulations of Medicare, Medicaid and third party payers.
  • Successful completion of mandatory requirements including, but not limited to, departmental competencies.
  • Demonstration of effective problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal and team-work skills.
  • Demonstration of positive customer service.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Current knowledge of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assess mental health needs of individuals and provide psychosocial counseling for patients in accordance with hospital approved privileges.
  • Documents interventions and plans in patient chart to facilitate communication among health care team. Ensures compliance with documentation requirements per health information management regulations and policies.
  • Identifies, evaluates and re-evaluates the patients’ physical, psychosocial and behavioral needs.
  • Collaborates with the patient, family/designated caregiver and health care team to establish and coordinateneeds and appropriate plan. 
  • Makes referrals to the appropriate community agencies as determined by individual situations / cases.
  • Provides direct social services to patients/families for social, environmental and emotional problems.
  • Collaborates with the Birthing Center, patients, and outside agencies as needed.
  • Collaborates with the Cancer Center, patients, and outside agencies as needed.
  • Assists in educating and informing the patient, family, and/or designated caregiver regarding Advance Directives and DNR code status.
  • Works effectively with outside agencies to ensure patient safety and appropriate setting/level of care (Behavioral Health Partners, Department of Job and Family Services, Freedom Center, APSI, Hospice, Home Health care, SNF, and/or Chronic Care/Transition Care Team, etc.).
  • Provides crisis intervention for patients, families, visitors and hospital personnel.
  • Provides information, resources and referrals for patients/families with financial needs.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and insurance provider’s coverage for referred services and/or equipment.
  • Assumes responsibility and accountability for individual knowledge, skills performance and behavior in accordance with hospital, division and unit standards of care and policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the orientation of new personnel and students.
  • Utilizes measures to promote and maintain patient, visitor and personnel safety.
  • Maintains patient, employee, physician and organization confidentiality; respects the rights, privacy and property of others.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of disaster/emergency procedures and responds appropriately.
  • Assumes responsibility and accountability for individual knowledge, skills, performance and behavior in accordance with hospital, division and department standards of care and policies and procedures.
  • Supports the mission, values and vision of the organization.
Requirements Include: 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate of an accredited college/university with a degree in social work (MSW required with two years of post-master’s supervised experience).
  • Current licensure, LISW, in the state of Ohio.
  • Recent experience in a medical setting is preferred.
Job Specifics
Department: 
Department of Primary & Specialty Care
Status: 
Shift: 
M - F 8 am - 4:30 pm
Average Weekly Hours: 
40
Contact: 
Employment Specialists
Phone Number: 
740.393.9021 or 740.393.9822
E-Mail Address: 
careers@knoxcommhosp.org
Posting Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020