Hospital Social Worker

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Hospital Social Worker Job Description

 

Job Title: Hospital Social Worker

 

Job Summary:

As a hospital social worker, you will be responsible for providing support and assistance to patients and their families during their hospitalization. Your duties will include assessing patients' psychosocial needs, developing care plans, and providing counseling and education to patients and families. You will also be responsible for coordinating with healthcare providers and community resources to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and effective care.

 

Responsibilities:

- Assess patients' psychosocial needs and develop care plans that address those needs.

- Provide counseling and education to patients and families about coping with illness, treatment, and healthcare system navigation.

- Coordinate with healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurses, and therapists, to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care.

- Assist with discharge planning, including arranging for post-hospital care and coordinating with community resources.

- Advocate for patients and their families and help them access appropriate resources and support services.

- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of patients' history, care plans, and progress.

- Participate in quality improvement initiatives and stay up-to-date with advances in social work practice and healthcare policy.

 

Requirements:

- Master's degree in social work or a related field.

- State licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or eligibility to become licensed.

- Knowledge of medical terminology, healthcare systems, and psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively with patients, families, and healthcare providers.

- Ability to conduct assessments, develop care plans, and provide counseling and education to patients and families.

- Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records.

- Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with healthcare providers and community resources.

- Commitment to ethical standards and professional conduct.

- Willingness to work flexible hours and adjust to changes in patient needs and staffing requirements.

- Experience working in a hospital or healthcare setting as a social worker, preferably with experience in medical social work or a related area.