Social Worker (LMSW) - Social Services
The social worker is responsible for the provision of social services at Amberwell Hiawatha. The social worker also functions as the swing bed coordinator for the Inpatient Care Department. The social worker works in a multidisciplinary team with the nurse case manager, utilization review specialist, nursing, providers, rehabilitation services and the swing bed activities coordinator.
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Education: Graduate of an approved social work post-graduate program.
Experience: 1-3 years of experience with inpatient and/or swing bed.
Certificates, Licenses, registrations: Current LMSW license
Skills and Abilities:
Must be able to perform assessments and evaluate services and display excellent customer service. Must be able to interact effectively with patients, the patient’s family, community service providers/agencies, attending physicians, other healthcare team members, payors, etc. Must demonstrate ability to prioritize workload and manage time efficiently. Proficiency in electronic health record navigation and documentation, Microsoft Office, and email necessary. Maintain compliance with HIPAA and patient confidentiality.
Physical: Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds occasionally, and/or 10 pounds of force frequently, or negligible constantly. Walking or standing to a significant degree or sitting constantly and pushing/pulling controls.
Supervision Received: CNO
Supervision Exercised: Swing Bed Activities Coordinator
Other: Establishes and maintains positive working relationship with the medical staff, anagers and staff of the various specialty and clinical areas, interdisciplinary and community health care members, third party payors, and the public.
EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS:
Possible exposure to patients with infectious diseases or to bodily fluids which may contain infectious agents. To reduce job hazards, this position is responsible for wearing PPE during job functions. PPE can include gloves, gown/coat, shoe covers, head/face, eye and ear protection. Each job function requires a different level of PPE, individuals receive initial and annual training to identify the appropriate level of PPE required
This position is classified by OSHA as a Class I position and may be exposed to bodily fluids. May have exposure to anxious patients or family members.
Electronic Health Record and associated software and equipment, general office equipment, patient transfer equipment, any medical equipment for patient care
1. Identifies system issues in the organization preventing achievement of departmental and unit goals. Assists in the communication and actions to decrease these barriers and problems. Actively engages with staff in performance improvement initiatives as designated by leadership.
2. Identifies needs of individuals as well as aggregate patient populations and assists with actions to address these needs.
3. Identifies and reports occurrences of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and/or neglect.
4. Assists with the development, revision, and coordination of the interdisciplinary plan of care for complex discharges through communication with physician, social services, nurses, and other health care team members to meet the patients’ needs effectively, efficiently and at the appropriate level of care required.
5. Works with physicians, staff form all departments, Utilization Review, third party payers, families, etc. to facilitate transition of the patient through the continuum at the appropriate level of care.
6. Coordinates complex discharge services throughout the continuum, communicating pertinent information of patients’ progress and plan of care to appropriate referral services, alternate levels of care, and community agencies.
7. With other team members and information from the patients’ medical record, assesses the complex patients’ needs, their support systems, and available community service providers, and assists with appropriate and cost-effective discharge planning. Documents actions appropriately.
8. Serves as a resource contact and information source to patients, families, significant others, and staff.
9. Provides suggestions and collaborates with the development of new programs and services, or revisions of existing processes based on data analysis of length of stay variances, readmissions, scheduling and practice patterns, cost management data, and other sources.
10. Contributes to the formulation and updating of unit policies, procedures, and protocols, and adheres to these and other professional and regulatory standards.
11. Actively supports and participates in the development and future changes of the department, as well as orientation and education of new staff members.
12. Notifies the appropriate staff member/disciplines if patient problems or outcomes occur.
13. Applies and effectively uses problem solving techniques and conflict resolution skills to coordinate care for the patient.
14. Assists in the complex discharge planning process, assesses, and recommends appropriate referrals, completes any necessary discharge phone calls for the complex discharge, and provides feedback through monitoring of outcomes, etc.
15. Other duties as assigned.
SWING BED COORDINATOR:
1. Understanding of Federal Regulations pertaining to swing bed.
2. Patient rights given to swing bed patients.
3. Conduct interdisciplinary care plan meetings
4. Assist with pre-admission to skilled level of care from acute care setting
5. Assist in discharge process and follow-up phone calls post discharge skilled patients.
Shift : Day
Hiawatha Community Hospital
300 Utah Street
Hiawatha, KS 66434