Medical Social Worker

  • Nebraska Methodist Health System
  • NE Methodist Hospital Omaha Nebraska 68114 US
  • Feb 03, 2019
Other Allied Health

Job Description

  • Purpose of Job
    • Medical social workers typically work in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or hospice, have a graduate degree in the field, and work with patients and their families in need of psychosocial help.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Candidates must meet one of the educational requirements below.
        • Bachelor of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work is required.
          • Candidate must be enrolled in and provide proof of enrollment and course schedule in an accredited Master of Social Work program with a graduate date within two years date of hire. (Allowed for Casual position only)
        • Master of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work is preferred.

    • Experience
      • Three to six months of on the job training.

    • License/Certifications
      • Certified Masters Social Worker (CMSW) or Master Social Worker (MSW) or Certified Social Worker (CSW) Required.
      • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) Preferred.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Skilled in promoting positive relations when interacting with patients or other customers.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Not neccessary for the position (0%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Grasping
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Reaching
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Sitting
        • Speaking/talking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Hearing
        • Seeing/Visual

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Assessment
        • Assesses patient/family within 24 hr or next business day of referral.
        • Assessments to include identification of pre-hospital level of functioning and current patient/family utilization of community resources (Meals on Wheels (MOW), Home Health Care (HHC), etc.)
        • Assess and identify patients with limited support systems, level of functioning, and financial resources.
        • Assesses impact of illness of injury on social support system, level of functioning and financial situation, assesses psychosocial needs.
        • Utilizes standard form for assessments.
        • Refers patients to MASH when appropriate.
      • Medical Plan of Care
        • Aware of the medical plan of care and collaborates with care coordinator regarding post acute patient clinical needs.
        • Communicates patient needs to the post acute care provider.
        • Identifies need for interpreter services.
        • Aware of community services and placement options available.
      • Discharge Planning
        • Communicates with patient/family options for post acute care both private and community based and arranges same.
        • Formulates primary discharge arrangements and secondary plan (back up plan).
        • Collaborates with care coordinator regarding referral to pharmacy for options on medication cost/frequency to assist in discharge planning to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF's).
        • Communicates with patient/family benefits/limitations for post acute care.
        • Arranges appropriate transportation for patient at dismissal.
        • Notifies patient, family, and care team of final discharge arrangements.
        • Referral as appropriate to Adult Protective Services (APS), Child Protective Services (CPS).
      • Patient/Family Teaching
        • Communicates with patient/family options for post acute care both private and community based.
        • Communicates with patient/family benefits/limitations of provider for post acute care.
        • Communicates and arranges services for patients with limited financial resources.
        • Provides Medicare/Medicaid information to patient/family.
      • Interdisciplinary Rounds
        • Communicates assessment findings and recommendations for intervention (i.e.: behavioral health, community services).
        • Participates and/or facilitates interdisciplinary rounds on daily basis.
        • Shares pertinent information with care coordinator and/or other individuals if not in attendance.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
      • Other duties as assigned.