Social Worker

Job ID
2020-142545
Employment Type
Part Time w/o Benefits
Department
Social Work Services
Hours / Pay Period
28
Facility
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Shift
Evening
Standard Hours
Varied
Work Schedule
8 Hour
Location
CA-CARMICHAEL

Overview

Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Dignity Health member, is a nationally recognized not-for-profit hospital located in Carmichael, California, serving the areas of north Sacramento County and south Placer County. The 370-bed facility is one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive medical centers, caring for more than 150,000 people each year and contains the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the greater Sacramento region.

Responsibilities

Job Details:

The Social Worker is responsible for performing social work assessments and interventions as needed for inpatients, outpatients and emergency department patients. They are dedicated to patient and family centered care that values personal self-determination, skilled at managing multiple priorities at once, and engaging in creative, compassionate and ethical problem-solving. As a member of a multidisciplinary health team, they perform comprehensive assessments and develop treatment plans that integrate the medical, social and resource issues that impact individual patients, families and at risk populations. Social Workers are responsible for working collaboratively with all healthcare team members to develop and implement treatment plans that support patient-centered plan of care for both individual patients and the medical community.

 

The functions of the Social Worker includes crisis intervention, patient /family intervention, high risk screening, brief counseling, referring for financial or other identified resource needs, arrange and facilitate family/patient representative meetings with the health care team as needed, assist in post-acute placement on complex discharges and engagement of appropriate agencies or community resources when high risk patients are identified. The Social Worker establishes and maintains professional relationships with physicians, case managers, nursing staff, county agencies, community resources, patients and families. The position will be required to serve on hospital committees and take part in developing and presenting in-services to Hospital staff.

 

Overview:

  • The Homeless Health Initiative has secured funding to enhance social work coverage in the ED of selected hospitals where the homeless population accesses care in increasing numbers. The ED Specialty SW will provide service to homeless patients by collaborating with shelters and low-income housing, domestic violence shelters, mental and behavioral health providers, food banks, public health agencies, health insurance providers, workforce development programs, and other entities in the Coordinated Entry System (CES) that prioritizes housing and other services for the homeless population.
  • This position is dedicated to the ED only. As such, the person performing this role will not be utilized for any other relief or flex responsibilities outside of the ED, including the acute in-patient units.
  • This position will be staffed M-F during hours determined by the facility. Other SWs assigned to the ED will assist in providing the same services to the homeless patients’ dependent upon their workload priorities.

Duties:

  • Educate ED staff on the role of the ED Specialty SW in order to identify and refer homeless patients to the SW in addition to electronic EHR alerts.
  • Perform prompt, comprehensive assessments on homeless patients presenting in the ED.
  • Develop plan for safe return to the community linking the patient to any available resources that support them in overcoming barriers to food, shelter and medical care.
  • Implement any necessary interventions including but not limited to crisis intervention, abuse screening, mental health assessment, and risk assessment.
  • Develop relationships with community agencies and organizations that serve the homeless to enable warm handoff whenever possible.
  • Engage ED providers in providing any supporting care that will enhance the health and housing security of homeless patients.
  • Maintain data as requested
  • Participate with SW Manager/Supervisor in measuring and reporting on metrics (see below)

*** THIS POSITION IS GRANT FUNDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2021. IF THE GRANT IS NOT CONTINUED OR THERE IS NO INTERNAL WAY TO FUND THE POSITION, THEN THE REDUCTION IN FORCE LANGUAGE IN THE SEIU-UHW CBA WILL BE FOLLOWED.***

 

Qualifications

Experience:

  • 1 year of Clinical and/or Medical Social Work experience required.

Education:

  • Master's Degree from a School of Social Work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

Licensure:

  • MSW required

Special Skills:

  • ED experience is preferred.
  • Excellent customer service and presentation skills are a must.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects effectively.
  • Ability to work independently as needed with a high degree of detail orientation.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.

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