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Medical Social Worker (Emergency Dept) - PRN (Weekdays)

Company: St. David's HealthCare
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Job Description:

St. David's Medical Center is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Founded in 1924, St. David's Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations-St. David's Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David's Georgetown Hospital.

Located in central Austin, St. David's Medical Center includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64- bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women's services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region's largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Medical Social Worker assists in meeting the psycho-social needs of patients by providing clinically based assessments, interventions and recommendations to the emergency department (ED) staff and physicians regarding the care and disposition of referred patients and families.

EDUCATION

Master`s Degree in Social Work

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION

Licensure through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners at a Master's Level

EXPERIENCE


  • 3 years of experience in a clinical/hospital setting

  • Previous background experience with Psychiatric/Medical patient populations

  • Previous experience working in a medium to large hospital setting

  • Previous crisis intervention experience


    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to make decisions of complex nature. Maintain discretion while working with highly confidential information from patient charts and verbal reports. Ability to work with patients of all ages, race, cultural preferences and gender identification including diverse socioeconomic levels. Maintains knowledge of resources and community information at a referral level. Should have a minimum of two years in a direct service health facility, social agency or community organization dealing with health issues, and/or healthcare.





    • Demonstrate an understanding of HCA's and St. David's "Patient First" safety initiatives through strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures.

    • Recognizes that variables such as age, race, nationality, culture, disease-causing vulnerabilities, socio-economic factors affect the patient populations under their care. Uses interventions appropriate to these factors (e.g. interpreter, dietary preferences, social services consult, etc.)

    • Ability to conduct psycho-social assessments of ED patients and their families by identifying the psychological, emotional, social and environmental symptoms and conditions related to the mental health and stability o the client system.

    • Ability to identify client and family strengths and limitations related to the diagnosis and assessment of the illness, course of treatment, extent of medical trauma or need related to the current bio-psycho-social crisis and/or life circumstances resulting in ED admission.

    • Ability to proactively and constructively interact with the medical care team to facilitate proper clinical treatment, discharge disposition and follow-up plans for ED admissions.

    • Ability to identify, screen and provide diagnostic impression of ED patients using DSM nomenclature with regard to psychosis, altered mental status, substance abuse and relevant medical and mental health history.

    • Ability to formulate and implement treatment utilizing appropriate clinical social work interventions, facilitate on-going therapeutic support groups for patients and families in the ED to include crisis intervention, solution-focused, brief therapeutic counseling, grief and bereavement interventions.

    • Ability to provide long-term follow-up services with patients and families based on the treatment plan developed as a result of ED admission, to continually assess for needs and provide supportive counseling or solution-focused intervention as needed.

    • Clinical knowledge to provide advocacy, clinical education and supportive counseling to patients and families when placement, admission or contact with a psychiatric facility, long-term care facility, adult or child protective agency is being considered.



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