Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW)

Location: WK Medical Center
Department: Social Services
Classification: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Date Posted: 11/16/2022
Description:

Position - Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW)

Location - Heart & Vascular Institute

Position Summary:
Provides psycho-social services for patients who have undergone Cardiac surgery, Cardiac procedures, or are admitted to the hospital with a Cardiac diagnosis.  Works collaboratively with the team from initial evaluation throughout the continuum to optimize the patients’ clinical, functional, and psychosocial status. Provides psychosocial interventions, advocacy, and linkage with community resources.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
M.S.W. from approved school of Social Work
Current license in the state of Louisiana
Minimum of two (2) years of recent clinical experience

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:
Ability to work effectively with a team
Ability to use independent judgement in decision making.
Effectively applies problem solving skills
Proficient in communication
Able to prioritize simultaneous demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/CONDITIONS:
Prolonged periods of standing, walking and sitting
Exposure to contagious and hazardous entities
Extensive verbal and written communication
Local travel may be required


DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Provides psycho-social counseling and interventions for barriers including but not limited to; neglect/abuse, adjustments to illness, bereavement, non-compliance, care support, physical environment, financial constraints for Cardiac patients.

Responds to in-patient and out-patient referrals for LVAD patients in a timely manner.

Provides concise and objective psycho-social assessment for patients being considered for LVAD mechanical circulatory support

Uses standardized and accepted methods for assessment which ensures consistency and reliability of information.

Participates in patient care rounds, case conferences and family conferences providing feedback and information optimizing care.

Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to facilitate safe and effective healthcare decision making.

Makes home visits as necessary for complete assessment.

Identifies psycho-social barriers to effective treatment and a positive outcome.

Identifies learning opportunities and provides appropriate resources for patients and care givers.

Proactively facilitates transitions of care within the organization, upon discharge and to other health care providers.

Collaborates with Utilization Review to develop strategies to minimize unnecessary length of stay, re-admits and resource consumption.

Collaborates with other community healthcare providers to ensure post discharge care is appropriate and effective.

Applies a knowledge of regulatory guidelines related to care of specific patient population and discharge planning such as CMS, DNV, TJC.

Supports the team effort in the development of a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family and maximizes the patient's participation and control in their own recovery. Facilitates access and utilization of community resources and organizations to assist in patient's recovery.

Applies time management skills by prioritizing patient care tasks and balancing multiple requests, referrals, preparation for meetings, fulfilling team expectations, coordination, networking and meeting goals.

Coordinates and facilitates support groups for the specific patient population.

Complies with policies and procedures of Willis-Knighton Health System code of conduct and service quality standards.

Complies with the patient safety and quality initiatives as appropriate for the job description.

Employee consistently and effectively uses the C.I. Care framework when interacting with patients, guests and colleagues


Willis-Knighton is an equal opportunity employer and thus, manages its employment and employee relations policies, practices and benefits without regard to age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran, or other protected status where otherwise qualified.