Job Description

Lead Social Worker LMSW
St. Dominic Hospital
Employment Type:
Full Time 80
Other Shift Details:
Job Code:

STDOM SDH Lead Social Worker LMSW

Coordinates and assists leadership with discharge planning initiatives using the health care team philosophy practice model. Coordinates and performs discharge planning activities and assists psychosocial needs with those providing social work. Coordinates activities with ancillary departments and outside agencies. Maintains standards of department and the hospital. Serves as a resource for co-workers, physicians, patients and other hospital personnel. Coaches and mentors assigned employees to an optimal level of performance. Assists with the ongoing process of Performance Management of assigned employees. Directs and supervises functions and activities in Care Management in the absence of the Assistant Director or Director of Care Management. Interprets and implements policies, procedures, standards and regulations. Reports to the Assistant Director of Care Management.

Job Requirements ?

Minimum Education
Graduate of an accredited school of social work; Master's degree required.

Minimum Work Experience
Sufficient previous experience in social work, preferably in health care, is desirable.

Required Skills
Employee must demonstrate ability to recognize patients' individual needs based on medical condition, age (infants pediatrics, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged and geriatric), limitations and planned procedures. Requires ability to maintain records and to use independent judgment along with knowledge of community resources and customer relations skills.

Required Licenses
[Mississippi, United States] Social Worker
Current licensure as a Master Social Worker in Mississippi required.

Organizational Expectations ?

Provides a positive and professional representation of the organization.

Promotes culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, reporting, documentation, and prevention.

Maintains hospital standards for a clean and quiet patient environment to maintain a positive patient care experience.

Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments in related scope of job role or practice.

Adheres to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.

Participates in ongoing quality improvement activities.

Maintains compliance with organization’s policies, as well as established practices, protocols, and procedures of the position, department, and applicable professional standards.

Complies with organizational and regulatory policies for handling confidential patient information.

Demonstrates excellent customer service through his/her attitude and actions, consistent with the standards contained in the Vision, Mission, and Values of the organization.

Adheres to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and TJC standards and/or standards from other accrediting bodies.

Essential Functions ?

Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
Assesses patients through interviews with the patient, family, and other relevant sources to obtain information about home environment, family relationships, social support system, level of functioning, current community services, health history, and patient's personality traits.
Uses patient assessment as a tool in developing a timely, goal-oriented discharge plan, and delineating appropriate interventions to reach the stated goals.
Arranges home care services, home equipment, placement services, and transportation, according to the patient's needs, and as ordered by the doctor
Collaborates with other hospital disciplines and agencies/facilities in the community in the development, implementation and accomplishment of the goals for optimum hospital and post-hospital care; monitors the discharge plan and evaluates progress toward plan goals, making any necessary changes, as indicated. Participates in Patient Care Conferences.
Maintains and updates community resource lists, using facility/community resources to meet the patient's identified needs.
Provides patient and family education/counseling, assisting patients and families in understanding, accepting, and following medical recommendations. Provides supportive counseling and crisis intervention, as appropriate.
Discusses nature of illness and prescribed course of treatment with patients and families; communicates family issues to other staff members.
Prepares and maintains required documentation on each case.
Provides on-call Social Work coverage, as scheduled.

Non-Essential Functions ?

Supports the hospital's Christian mission, philosophy, values, and goals.
Participates in and supports established Performance Improvement Program.
Attends JCAHO required and hospital mandatory inservice programs.
Maintains confidentiality of all information regarding patients, families, physicians, and hospital personnel.

Functional Demands ?

Prolonged periods of standing, walking, or sitting while on duty.
Lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 10-15 pounds with or without assistance.
Visual and auditory acuity and manual dexterity essential to performing designated duties required.
Ability to perform effectively in a stressful and fast paced environment.
Ability to pass all required health and other screening tests.
Physical conditions are clean, neat and well lit. Maybe subjected to unpleasant sights and odors, stressful situations and hazardous or infectious agents where judgment as to precautions need to be taken is essential. Climate control an ambient temperature variances may be experienced. Exposure to limited amounts of hazardous chemicals or substances and infectious disease processes are a possibility. Hours of duty may be irregular or unexpectedly extended due to emergency circumstances.
Direct contact with blood or other body fluids to which universal precautions apply. Personal protective equipment is made available and must be worn.

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