Position Summary: The Medical Social Worker II is responsible and accountable for assessing the psychological, social, emotional, cultural and/or financial needs that impact patients' health and recovery. The MSW II shall:
Utilize social service, supportive counseling, and clinical knowledge in the assessment of these needs
Address assessed needs in a timely manner
Develop a discharge plan in collaboration with the patient/family and the interdisciplinary team
Utilize knowledge of payer source implications on discharge plan, resources and placement options to maximize patients' successful disposition
Perform delegated duties consistent with the scope of practice and functions within the philosophy and overall plan of care at NSMC
Serve as a resource for issues of financial assistance and/or resources that promote continued independence for patients
Assist patients and families in matters related to advance directives and guardianship and proxy decision making
Perform Behavioral Health evaluations for patients on mental health, drug and/or alcohol holds or access contracted professionals to do so
Provide short term counseling in areas of grief, loss, anxiety and stress related to illness
A. Licensure/Certification/Registration: Masters in Social Work required. Licensed Social Worker (LSW) preferred. BLS certification required.
B. Education: MSW
C. Experience: A minimum of 2 years recent clinical social work experience. Experience in an acute care setting preferred.
D. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must have the ability to assess information, apply critical thinking processes to determine course of action, and relay this information to the interdisciplinary team. Requires: excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills; solid knowledge base in psychosocial assessment. Must be able to prioritize workload, and develop efficient methods of managing time. Possess knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid criteria for benefits and accessing resources.
Degree of Supervision Required: Minimal; expected to be self directed.
Orientation Period: Minimum of 3 weeks training/orientation contingent upon experience. Extensive orientation may be required and will be determined by Department Director/Designee. 90 days probationary period
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