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Social Worker – LCSW

LCMC Health

This is a Full-time position in New Orleans, LA posted January 15, 2022.

University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health and the ultimate expression of a 275-year legacy of serving the people of New Orleans and South Louisiana.

With our academic partners, including Louisiana State University and Tulane University Schools of Medicine, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals and leading research to find tomorrow’s cures and treatments.

From expert primary care and the widest variety of specialty care to cutting edge emergency care and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, UMC offers the area the widest breadth of healthcare services.

We are looking for medical professionals who are just as passionate as we are about providing the best medical care in the safest environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace.

Whether you’re a seasoned healthcare professional or just starting out, a career at UMC places you at the center of a dynamic community of providers, learners and staff with a singular focus on patient-centric care.

We offer a state-of-the-art facility with breakthrough technology, and professionals committed to helping our community become healthier.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.

This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

University Medical Center reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Social Worker provides clinical social work services for patients and their families in their assigned caseload in collaboration with the Case Manager (CM) and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Responsible for psychosocial assessments and discharge planning for patients with complex psychosocial and medical problems.

Assists patients and their families in coping with difficulties related to hospital admission, illness, treatment, and discharge.

Provides assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of patient/family needs throughout the hospital stay.

Has an integral role on the interdisciplinary team to effectively ensure optimal patient outcomes and length of stay efficiency.

· Completes psychosocial assessment, develops plans and carries out interventions for patients identified through referral and case finding to have psychosocial risk factors.

Prioritizes timely response to referral within 1 business day or sooner based on urgency of need.

Conducts assessment of patient’s social needs through interviewing of patient and family members, conferring with interdisciplinary team, and reviewing medical record.

Evaluates coping skills, cognitive and intellectual functioning, support systems, resources, and other factors that could affect responses to illness, treatment and discharge plan.

Identifies barriers and plans for intervention to overcome or lessen barriers to achieve outcome as evidenced by treatment plan.

Communicates findings and plan to interdisciplinary team.

Documents assessment, plan and interventions in medical record.

Conducts reassessment based on patient need and plan of care.

· Crisis intervention: Effectively provides short term supportive counseling for individuals experiencing a temporary or situational problem.

Performs assessment for cases of suspected elder, child, sexual or domestic abuse or neglect.

Complies with required reporting, according to state law and hospital policy.

Utilizes crisis intervention skills to assist victims/families of child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual/criminal assault and traumatic injury.

Refers patients/families to appropriate community agencies for further intervention or counseling services as needed.

Facilitates interactions between staff and other agencies.

Documents all pertinent information in the medical record.

Communicates with the interdisciplinary team to facilitate the progression of care.

· Active team member in the discharge planning process: Primary responsibility for identifying complicating social and financial factors and barriers to appropriate discharge.

Assures that patient is referred to appropriate social and financial resources post discharge in order to transition patient efficiently and achieve the desired outcome.

Identifies patients in assigned caseload with complex social and medical issues through case finding and referral process.

Reviews caseload daily with Case Manager to share findings, needs, barriers and progress to discharge.

Collaborates with the Case Manager to implement discharge planning activities for complex patients in order to ensure a timely discharge and provide appropriate linkage with post hospital care providers.

Evaluates financial assistance needs and eligibility.

Directs patients/family to appropriate community agencies which can assist in meeting financial needs, or providing food, shelter, transportation or other services.

Identifies need for patient care conferences to resolve barriers in care progression and takes a lead role in organizing them.

Communicates and coordinates findings and care recommendations effectively and collaboratively between disciplines to achieve targeted outcomes.

Documents relevant information in the medical record according to department standards.

Maintains current knowledge of payor reimbursement requirements for post hospital services.

Maintains a working knowledge of available community resources by establishing a relationship with liaisons and admissions staff at agencies and facilities in the region.

· Addresses legal/ethical issues regarding health care as it relates to medical social work: Demonstrates knowledge of Advance Directives and patient rights.

Has the ability to counsel/educate patients/families regarding patient rights, decision making and formulating Advance Directives.

Facilitates family meetings when there is disagreement or lack of clarity around goals of care and plan of care.

Collaborates with the health care team to help resolve family conflict around care decisions.

Provides support to patient and family to help facilitate the decision making process.

Communicates and coordinates findings and recommendations effectively and collaboratively between disciplines to achieve patient focused outcomes.

Demonstrates knowledge of options for care for patients with life limiting illness.

Links patient and families to available resources in hospital and community to provide ongoing support such as Palliative Care and Hospice JOB SPECIFICATIONS: Education: Required: LCSW required Hospital experience preferred Experience: Required: 1 year experience Preferred: 3 years medical Social Work in acute care hospital.

License/Certification: Heart Saver or Basic Life Support, Required.

Current Social Work License.

CPI, Required at or before Orientation.

Skills:Excellent communication, conflict management,organizational and planning skills.

Physical Demands: Light Physical Requirements: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects.

Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work.

Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job should be rated Light Work: (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or (3) when the job requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible.

NOTE: The constant stress and strain of maintaining a production rate pace, especially in an industrial setting, can be and is physically demanding of a worker even though the amount of force exerted is negligible UMC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.