West Virginia

Social Worker-MSW - 60173

Job description          

UNITED HOSPITAL CENTER
POSITION DESCRIPTION
AND COMPETENCY EVALUATION

TITLE: SOCIAL WORKER
DEPARTMENT: CASE MANAGEMENT
REPORTS
TO: VICE PRESIDENT
QUALITY/CQO

q ANNUAL
q 90 DAY
q 90 DAY TRANSFER
q FOLLOW-UP
PROBATION

REVIEWED/APPROVED/DATE:
UPDATED: 12/04,12/05, 6/06, 5/07,12/08,12/09,12/10, 12/11, 1/12,4/12__
UPDATED: 12/13

BASIC

PURPOSE:
Collaborates with
the physician, other health care professionals, patient family in the design
and documentation of an explicit discharge plan
of care. Implements and evaluates the
progress of the plan of care. Collects
key data elements which describe the achievement of quality/performance
improvement and utilization/financial goals.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Bachelors Degree in Social Work from a
school of social work or related field.
2. Social Worker with current licensure to
practice in West Virginia.
3. At least 2 years acute care experience.
4. Ability to
communicate effectively, both verbal and written.
5. Experience with
discharge planning required.
6. Must demonstrate ability to communicate and to use tact and
diplomacy in dealing with physicians, patients, families
and other health
care professionals.
7. Ability to work independently while being able to communicate
with team.
8, Ability to assess
complex situations and develop a realistic, appropriate and safe discharge
plan.
9. Must demonstrate
characteristics of dependability and punctuality.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
FOR SOCIAL WORKER

THIS DESCRIPTION DOES NOT STATE OR IMPLY THAT THE DUTIES,
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, AND JOB REQUIREMENTS ARE THE ONLY PARAMETERS FOR
THIS POSITION. ASSOCIATES ARE REQUIRED
TO FOLLOW JOB-RELATED INSTRUCTION AND PERFORM OTHER JOB RELATED ACTIVITIES
REQUESTED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.

ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE
SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A REASONABLE
ACCOMMODATION TO INDIVIDUALS WITH PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITIES AS DEFINED
BY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.
SOME REQUIREMENTS MAY EXCLUDE INDIVIDUALS WHO POSE A DIRECT THREAT OR
SIGNIFICANT TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEMSELVES, THE PATIENTS, OR OTHER
ASSOCIATES.

PHYSICAL

REQUIREMENTS:
Frequent walking,
standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and
grasping are necessary body movements utilized in performing duties
throughout the work shift.
Must be able to read
and write legibly in English.
Must be able to
type.
Must be able to
exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force
frequently and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Hearing within
normal range is required.
Visual acuity within
normal range is required.
Must be able to sit
for extended periods reading charts, files, etc.

MENTAL

REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to
handle and maintain confidential information.
Must have the
ability to perform concentrated and complex mental activity with frequent
involvement in complex and highly technical situations.
Must have the
ability to work successfully under highly stressful conditions and must be
capable of adapting to varying workloads and work assignments on a constant
basis.
Must have the
ability to make sound, independent judgments based upon scientific and
regulatory principles, and also be able to collaborate successfully with
other multi-disciplinary team members in an appropriate fashion.
Must have strong
verbal and written communications kills.
Must have the
ability to comprehend and perform oral and written instructions and
procedures.
Must have math
skills to work with statistics, data collection, etc.
Must be able to
organize, prioritize and complete assigned tasks.
Must be able to work
extended hours.

ENVIRONMENTAL

CONDITIONS:
(POTENTIAL
FOR)
Exposure to high
stress and frequent work interruptions.
Must be capable of
working in a confined space and under fluorescent lighting.
Exposure to cleaning
agents and disinfectants.
Exposure to toxic
gas, fumes, and odors.
Exposure to
electrical current.

EQUIPMENT
USED: This
must be considered only a representative, partial list, since equipment
changes may occur at any time.
Telephone and paging
system
Computer terminals
Fax machine
Photocopying
equipment
Typewriter

DIRECTIONS: Use the keys designated for
Assessment, Learning, and Achievement sections. More than one item may be used per
section. Prior to working in
department, please complete self- assessment portion and return to manager. Date and signature indicates
independent/satisfactory performance.
Asterisks (*) indicate critical criteria for job title
competency. (OPTIONAL)
Assessment/level key of 3 or 4 Required.

ASSESSMENT/LEVEL KEY

LEARNING/VALIDATION
METHOD KEY

EVALUATION KEY

1

INADEQUATE
KNOWLEDGE/ PERFORMS INCOMPETENTLY

D

DEMONSTRATION

D

DEMONSTRATION

2

NEEDS REVIEW/PERFORMS
W/DIRECT SUPERVISION

H

HANDOUT

T

KNOWLEDGE
ASSESSMENT TEST

3

STATE
W/ASSISTANCE/PERFORMS W/ASSISTANCE

L

LECTURE

4

STATE
INDEPENDENTLY/PERFORMS COMPETENTLY & INDEPENDENTLY

E

EXPERIENCE

NA

NOT APPLICABLE
FOR ASSOCIATE

V

VIDEO

SLM

SELF LEARNING
MODULE

O

OBSERVE

C

COGNITION

JOB PERFORMANCE
STANDARDS
FOR SOCIAL WORKER

IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE PATIENT, FAMILY AND HEALTH CARE TEAM, THE SOCIAL WORKER IN THE QUALITY
IMPROVEMENT DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE SERVICE TO THE FOLLOWING WORK SYSTEMS:

STANDARD/CRITERIA

SELF
ASSESS-MENT

EVALUATOR

LEARNING/
VALIDATION
METHOD

DATE/
SIGNATURE

I. MANAGEMENT OF CARE
A. Completes comprehensive assessment to
develop a safe, realistic discharge plan of care appropriate for the patient.

B. Assesses changes in the physicians plan
of care and the impact on the discharge plan.

C. Initiates discharge
planning in collaboration with care management team.

D.
Reviews discharge plan on an ongoing basis and communicates changes in
the plan to the appropriate parties.

E.*E. Documents discharge plan a in patients
chart on a frequency that communicates the plan to interdisciplinary team.

F. Ensures that discharge needs are met
prior to discharge.

G. Assesses
for signs and symptoms of abuse and/or neglect and makes referrals to
appropriate agencies.

H.
Identifies
decision maker of medical (financial, if indicated) or if there is an existing
Medical Power of Attorney designee and presence of Living Will or other
advanced directives.

I.
Assists
patient in completion of Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney forms as
requested.

J. Works with legal council in pursuing and
expediting guardianship, and/or conservatorship actions when necessary.

K. Works in collaboration with hospital
attorney as well as with appropriate agencies, patient, physician and other
health care professionals to ensure adoptions are completed according to
appropriate laws, rules and regulations.

II. QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
A.
Assists in planning, implementing and evaluating QI strategies.

B. Demonstrates
the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care, based on physical,
psychosocial, communication, safety, education level, and related criteria
for the infant, pediatric,  adolescent,
adult, geriatric patient per the established age-specific
standard.

C.
Communicates
to Director of Case Management and/or appropriate physician/medical staff
director/peer review.
1. Deviations from expected norm, quality
or appropriateness of care according to established standards of care.

2. Length of stay issues.

3. Risk management issues.

D. Explains to physicians, patient, family
and other health care professionals Medicare, Medicaid and other 3rd party
payers coverage issues and regulations.

E. Adheres to the hospital
service standards

F.
Communicates using tact and diplomacy dealings with physicians,
patients, families, and other health care professionals.

III. ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
A. Identifies potential problems with
post-discharge care and/or initiates early referrals to promote timely
transfer and proper utilization of hospital resources.

B. Takes appropriate actions to minimize financial loss to the hospital and/or improve the quality of patient care
delivery (i.e., discusses cases with patients and families, consult with
physician).

C. Assists physician in identifying
alternate methods and level of care when patient does not require acute
hospitalization.

D. Exercises independent professional
judgment as evidenced by identifying potential problems and taking
appropriate action.

E.
Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes in work
volume, emergencies, staffing or scheduling changes.

F.
Demonstrates ability to formulate and execute a safe discharge plan in
an expeditious manner.

IV. DIRECT SERVICES TO PATIENTS/FAMILIES

A. Performs and completes assessments reflecting patient/family psychosocial emotional and financial
needs and records assessment in McKesson Care
Manager.

B. Refers patients and/or families to a
wide-range of community services; including but not limited to provision of
health care coverage, income maintenance programs, transportation services,
etc. by completing agency specific referral forms (ie. PAS-95).

C. Refers patients to appropriate long term
care facilities according to the facilitys specified referral process,
arranges transfer to long-term care and documents those arrangements in
medical record.

D.
Arranges in home care and
equipment including but not limited to Home Health, Hospice, DME, IV Therapy,
etc. Freedom of choice is honored when
arranging these services.

E. Follows acceptable infection control guidelines during room interview
with particular attention to
patients in isolation. Adheres to
standards precautions
with all patients.

V. CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATIVE ACTIVITIES
A. Collaborate with care management team,
including but not limited to members of the medical and nursing staff,
dietary, and physical therapy personnel to plan for patient discharge needs.

B. Participates in meetings as indicated for
the purpose of identifying length of stay issues to develop and expedite
discharge.

C. Explores and collaborates with resources
within the hospital and community to meet defined patient needs.

VI. PROGRAM PLANNING
A. Assists in the development of
departmental policies and procedure guidelines.

VII.
OTHER

A. Assist with other duties as
required by the director.

q Meets Overall Performance Standards

q Does Not Meet Overall Performance Standards

The undersigned acknowledge the successful
completion of the criteria listed above.

ASSOCIATE SIGNATURE:
DATE:
EVALUATOR SIGNATURE:
DATE:
DEPT. MANAGER SIGNATURE:
DATE:
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