Social Worker MSW
Company: MedStar Health
Posted on: May 3, 2021
- Job Summary
The Social Worker functions as part of the interdisciplinary
health care team and serves as a patient liaison between the
hospital and the community. The Social Worker practices from a
psychosocial perspective and has a key role in facilitating a
smooth and timely transition between acute hospital care and post
- Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors Degree in Social Work with experience
Masters Degree in Social Work preferred
1-2 years of experience preferred
Maryland licensure as Social Worker
- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend English.
Basic Computer skills to perform data entry
HIPAA policies on Confidentiality
- Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Social Work Services: Provides social work and discharge
planning services to include assessment, planning, and intervention
to patients and their families.
Identifies patients requiring social work intervention through
established case finding mechanisms.
Performs biopsychosocial assessments with patient and/or family
involvement according to departmental policy and procedures.
Develops effective working relationship with patient and/or
family (engagement, collaboration, advocacy, problem-solving).
Develops discharge plans responsive to patient/family
Incorporates knowledge of biopsychosocial factors related to the
ages of the patients served into the treatment plan.
Counsels patients and families regarding issues of emotional
adjustment to the illness, disability, hospitalization, and/or
Communicates effectively with health care team members and
community providers regarding patient status, progress and
discharge planning needs.
- Coordination: Coordinates activities with hospital staff and
referral agencies in order to facilitate patient care and
Takes initiative and provides leadership in developing discharge
care plans which align with patient care demands.
Collaborates with members of interdisciplinary team, especially
regarding issues of patient flow.
Develops effective working relationships with health care team
members based on an awareness of their roles.
Assists health care team members as needed in meeting
interdisciplinary patient goals by engaging them in efforts toward
problem-solving when appropriate.
Coordinates communications between hospital system and community
agencies regarding patients' post discharge needs
- Administration of Quality Improvement: Complies with
departmental standards regarding attendance, documentation,
continuous quality improvement, and statistical requirements as
well as adherence to departmental policies and the NASW Code of
Documents Social Work assessment, plans, intervention and
outcome in the medical record in a clear, concise manner to afford
communication with the medical team (in accordance with department
standards for timeliness and content.)
Completes and submits accurate and legible required statistical
reports and other departmental information requested on a timely
basis according to department guidelines.
Continuously updates and incorporates information regarding
preferred providers and case management organizations and insurance
companies into the transition planning process.
- Team Support: Supports and assists colleagues with
Identifies and reports both opportunities to improve and
barriers to department and hospital effectiveness.
Engages with manager and/or peers in posing potential solutions
to problems and participates in quality improvement projects and
Assists with orientation and training of new department
Provides educational experiences by a) supervising social work
students; b) making formal presentations within the department to
social work staff and students; c) making formal presentation to
other hospital personnel; d) serving as a consultant to peers and
to other disciplines; and/or e) making formal presentations to
community groups in accordance with individual departmental
- Development: Maintains current knowledge, certification, and
Identifies learning needs in self and initiates actions to
address these education needs.
Attends continuing education programs in order to maintain
Attends hospital sponsored training programs as required by the
Completes all mandatory requirements, certifications, and
licensure within allotted timeframe for completion (License,
Competencies, Age Specifics, etc.)
- Organizational knowledge: Works effectively within and between
Participates on inter-departmental teams and committees,
communicating unit knowledge as appropriate
Provides department/unit with information and knowledge acquired
during participation with interdepartmental teams and
- Demonstrates a constructive approach during all interactions
with staff, supervisors, and managers both inside and outside the
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 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians
work in a variety of settings across our health system, including
10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the
largest visiting nurse association 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 is dedicated not only to teaching the
next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education
and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health
offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal
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