Social Worker MSW-PRN
Company: MEDSTAR HEALTH
Posted on: February 9, 2024
General Summary of Position
Assesses, plans, and coordinates services and resources for
patients and families to meet needs and/or provide for timely
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Contributes to the achievement of established department goals
and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures,
quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental
and accreditation regulations.
- Collaborates with and completes referrals to appropriate
community agencies for assistance based on patient need. Initiates
referrals in a timely manner. Uses responses to help patient resume
life in the community and/or adjust to lifestyle changes.
- Communicates daily with direct caregivers and case management
triad regarding patient and family responses to plan of care,
identification of problems, discharge planning, and payor concerns
such as LOS. Identifies delays in care and quality/risk issues and
communicates information to appropriate individuals and
- Completes psychosocial history or socioeconomic assessment as
determined by healthcare team or high-risk indicators.
- Coordinates the completion of requisite forms by doctors,
patients, and patients' families for any services required.
- Maintains accurate and timely documentation of case management
activities to assure that physicians and caregivers are well
informed regarding the discharge plans. Adheres to all policies and
procedures regarding documentation and confidentiality of
- Demonstrates knowledge of the dynamics of abuse/neglect,
including identification and reporting laws. Coordinates with
investigating law enforcement, protection agencies, hospital
security, risk management, and healthcare team.
- Demonstrates knowledge of community resources serving the high
social risk populations.
- Develops and maintains information on community resources and
referral requirements based on patient population as identified in
the unit scope of practice.
- Facilitates communication between the patient and family and
the healthcare team. Assesses and communicates the patient's
social, cultural, emotional, and economic problems to medical staff
and other healthcare providers as needed. Effectively intervenes
with patient/family in resolving emotional/behavioral obstacles to
patient's progress, recovery, and disposition.
- Initiates and participates in multidisciplinary discharge
planning rounds and collaborates with internal and external health
care providers, patient and family to develop comprehensive
- Maintains own professional growth in the area of managed care,
care management, other health care, financial trends, clinical
practice and research.
- Organizes individual workload and sets appropriate priorities
based on patient's medical plan, patient's needs, and policy and
- Provides crisis intervention and management. Provides
therapeutic intervention with patients and family including
individuals, marital, parental, family and group therapies.
- Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the
department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
- Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service
- Advocates for the patient and family throughout the entire
episode of care. Maintains availability to the patient/family as a
resource to facilitate communication among providers and to monitor
services rendered. Assesses and assists patient in referral and
application for funding sources and eligibility for entitlement
programs. Assists patients in the exercise of their rights while
encouraging patient autonomy and participation in their care.
Assists patients and families in adjusting to episodes of acute and
chronic illness, in coping with lifestyle changes precipitated by
illness or injury, and in addressing issues of terminal illness.
Completes timely and appropriate documentation.
- Conducts timely psychosocial assessment interviews with
minimally all high risk or complex cases and other patients and
families to identify problems requiring social work interventions
and plans for appropriate services. Explores the need for
guardianship and other legal proceedings. Maintains strict
standards for patient confidentiality and patient related
information in addition to security of electronic (computer)
information. Complies with department, hospital, Peer Review
Organization (PRO) and Maryland State regulations and policies on
confidentiality. Participates in departmental monitoring and
statistical reporting requirements as well as facility-wide
performance improvement efforts.
- Professional Development: Attends in-service and training
program to maintain and expand clinical skills and knowledge,
serves as an interdisciplinary team member on committees, and,
participates in patient, staff, facility and community education
programs including supervision of students as assigned. Provides
consultation to other disciplines when psychosocial aspects of care
or coordination with significant or intensive community resources
are necessary to achieve desired treatment outcomes. Provides
counseling to impact problems related to the environmental needs,
family and interpersonal conflict (such as domestic violence, child
and elder care abuse), or physical and mental illness using a
variety of treatment modalities, including individual, family,
group, or specialized counseling. Utilizes clinical skills in
crisis situation to resolve conflicts. Works collaboratively and
maintains active communication with physicians, nursing staff, case
manager, and other members of the multidisciplinary care team to
effect timely, appropriate patient management through the continuum
- Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the
Council on Social Work. required
- 1-2 years Experience in social work in a hospital, inpatient
psychiatric or medical/health setting or area of specialty
Licenses and Certifications
- Valid Social Worker license in the State of Maryland. required
- CPR/BLS certification preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Diagnostic and problem-solving skills.
- Psychosocial assessment and advocacy skills.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Basic computer skills.
Why MedStar Health?
At MedStar Health, we understand that our ability to treat others
well begins with how we treat each other. We work hard to foster an
inclusive and positive environment where our associates feel
valued, connected, and empowered. We live up to this promise
- Strong emphasis on teamwork-our associates feel connected to
each other and our mission as an organization. In return, our
effective team environment generates positive patient outcomes and
high associate satisfaction ratings that exceed the national
- Strategic focus on equity, inclusion, & diversity-we are
committed to equity for all people and communities. We continue to
build a diverse and inclusive workplace where people feel a sense
of belonging and the ability to contribute to equitable care
delivery and improved community health outcomes at all levels of
- Comprehensive total rewards package-including competitive pay,
generous paid time off, great health and wellness benefits,
retirement savings, education assistance, and so much
- More career opportunities closer to home-as the largest
healthcare provider in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region, there
are countless opportunities to grow your career and fulfill your
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care
for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while
advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation,
and research. Our team of 32,000 includes physicians, nurses,
residents, fellows, and many other clinical and non-clinical
associates working in a variety of settings across our health
system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based
locations, the largest home health provider in the region, and
highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation.
As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown
University for more than 20 years, MedStar Health is dedicated not
only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the
continuing education, professional development, and personal
fulfillment of our whole team. Together, we use the best of our
minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who
care for them, and our communities. It's how we treat
people.MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and
assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire
people to work in different locations, and we comply with the
federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.
MedStar Health makes all decisions regarding employment, including
for example, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefit
eligibility, discipline, and discharge without regard to any
protected status, including race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, citizenship status, sex, age, disability, veteran status,
marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
political affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by
federal, state or local EO laws. If you receive an offer of
employment, it is MedStar Health's policy to hire its employees on
an at-will basis, which means you or MedStar Health may terminate
this relationship at any time, for any reason.
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