Work Type: As needed. Based on availabilty and the needs of the department. Exempt: No
Work Schedule: Flexible Hours and/or Flexible Schedule Work Hours per Biweekly Pay Period: 8 Location: Medical Center, US:FL:Lakeland
Coordinate post hospital care arrangements and provides psychosocial support and assistance to patients and families such that patients move through the continuum of care in a safe and timely manner. Performs initial inclusive assessment; develops and refines individualized discharge plan; effectively manages barriers to discharge; responds to emotional factors; maintains knowledge of and connects patients with appropriate community resources and services; advocates for patients' rights including self-determination; collaborates with and facilitates communication among care providers; documents in the medical record and in computer systems in a concise and timely manner; adheres to organizational policies and procedures, regulatory accrediting body requirements, and professional practice standards. Perform other related duties as assigned
* Standard Work Duties: Social Worker (PRN) - Actively participates in team development, achieving dashboards, and in accomplishing department goals and objectives. - Proactively assesses and re-assesses patients and families for psychosocial, discharge planning, and financial needs so that an appropriate social work plan is developed per departmental protocols. Initiates appropriate and complete referrals in a timely manner to post-acute services, such as SNFs, home health agencies, hospices, and DME companies through the development of collaborative relationships and per departmental protocols. - Coordinates details of final discharge disposition so that discharge is safely achieved without avoidable delays and to the satisfaction of the patient, family and care team. - Effectively responds to serious patient situations such as abuse, neglect, drug abuse, and homelessness by appropriate referrals and intervention per departmental protocols. Demonstrating understanding of person-in-situation, provides appropriate listening and supportive services to patients and families as they cope with the stressors of illness. Refers to community providers for additional counseling, and /or support groups. - Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of and completes effective referrals to resources addressing the financial aspect of patient care including, CARES, financial eligibility vendors, indigent medication programs, and other financial resources. - Communicate and work collaboratively with physicians, hospital staff, payers, and other external and internal vendors, so that expected patient and program outcomes such as appropriate utilization of services, levels of care, and alternative discharge arrangements are achieved. - Documents in the medical record and SMS per departmental protocol such that a clear picture of the patient, his/her needs, plans, current status, financial/insurance information and interventions are noted in a concise manner that also reflects confidentiality and respect. - Plans and prioritizes work in such a manner as to achieve departmental objectives and individual productivity targets while functioning as a team member and responding to patient needs in areas regularly assigned and throughout the hospital as needed. Perform related documentation per departmental protocol. - Demonstrates quality social work through adherence to social work values as established by NASW and accepted hospital social work standards of practice and by exhibiting reliability, accuracy and responsibility in all aspects of social work services. - Contributes to development of social work department by increasing and sharing knowledge and skills which include required education, in-services, department meetings, formal and informal education, as well as review of hospital policies and procedures. Perform other duties as assigned to support the essential functions of social work and the operational needs of the department.
Qualifications & Experience
Education Essential: * Bachelor Degree
Education Equivalent Essential: * Bachelor degree from an accredited school of social work or Bachelors in psychology or sociology and with some health care experience.
Internal Number: 5439
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