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The Social Worker is responsible for providing emotional support to oncology patients, families and caregivers. The Social Worker conducts assessments and develops plans of care, which may include counseling around specific presenting problems, education about oncology services and philosophy, grief counseling, coping strategies, referrals to needed resources and discharge planning when needed. The Social Worker works under the direction of the department manager and in a manner consistent with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) code of ethics. May be asked to facilitate support groups.
A day in the life of a Social Worker at Hackensack Meridian includes:
- Will provide psychosocial assessments and treatment to patients and their families related to illness adjustment, coping mechanisms and discharge planning. Provide age, cultural and spiritual specific care to their clients. Identify each patient’s unique treatment, self-management and discharge planning needs. The comprehensive psychosocial assessments that they perform ensure that patients receive age-specific services. Use psychiatric assessments to formulate accurate diagnostic impressions that are used to facilitate treatment and discharge plans. Act as patient advocates by recommending resources for patient’s needs, such as social support and financial assistance.
- Maintain effective communications with health care providers related to the patient’s psychosocial and psychiatric needs. Maintain positive working relationships with all hospital departments and management to provide optimal patient care.
- Work with physicians, oncology nurses and treatment teams to develop and deliver the patient’s plan of care. Promote patient and family education to ensure best treatment outcomes are achieved. Maintain the necessary documents for licensed clinical social workers’ scope of practice. Provide clinical information for placement referrals to outside agencies.
- Provide relative information and referral services to patients, caretakers and families related to community resources and state agencies. Manage a caseload of independent patients, which requires constant follow-up and communication with external clients. Stay up to date with knowledge of the current eligibility criteria for a wide range of community services and resources.
- Build positive working relationships with community agencies and initiate contact with private, county and state resources to facilitate discharges that require less restrictive levels of care. Develop customized discharge plans for patients with special needs.
- Provide clear, concise, accurate and timely documentation in patient’s electronic medical records according to departmental policies and state regulations. Maintain clear and consistent documentation of their daily assessments of patient care in order to help physicians provide proper medical care. Must document a variety of activities, such as the initial psychosocial assessment, the proposed care plan, all collateral contracts, insurance reviews and discharge planning efforts.
- The Social Worker performs case management duties, which includes utilization review, quality improvement and community resource development activities. Participate in departmental, committee and community meetings. Develop and evaluate patient care policies and procedures.
- NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker license (LCSW) or Licensed Social Worker (LSW) required.
- Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE program required. OSW-C certification preferred.
- One-year experience in a hospital setting highly preferred. Previous oncology experience highly preferred. Internship experience will be considered for entry into the position.
- Computer proficiency for the purpose of documentation and continuing education is required.