Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 9/9/2020
MSW-LCSW, 40 Hrs/Week, Day/Evening Shifts (8:00AM to 4:30PM/12PM to 8:30PM), Weekends As Needed

I. Position Function:

The Social Worker will function as a member of the interdisciplinary renal team in providing social work services to chronic renal patients in various stages of diagnosis and treatment.

Social work service is responsible for the out-patient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis units.

The social worker is a member of the interdisciplinary team caring for the out patients at the medical center when they are admitted to the inpatient units.

II. Job Relationships:

The Social Worker reports to and is accountable to the Patient Care Manager.

The Social Worker collaborates with all staff on the unit and in the medical center whenever needed for patient care, performance improvement, committees, focus groups, etc.

The Social Worker serves in a consultative role to staff on the unit and in the medical center whenever needed for patient care.

III. Authority:

Provide social work services on unit(s), assisting patients and families to cope with plans and decisions that need to be made before, during, and after hospitalization or outpatient care.

Supervise and train graduate level social work students and other students when requested and when the MSW has met the requirements for Supervision of the respective Graduate School of Social Work.

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1.) "Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards."

The Social Worker may:

- Provide individual and/or group counseling/therapy to patients and/or their families.

- Support patient advocacy.

- Provide diagnostic evaluations and psycho-social assessments.

- Provide referrals and/or follow-up services.

- Provide liaison with clinical interdisciplinary teams.

- Facilitate continuing care plans.

- Provide crisis intervention.

- Supervise other social workers and graduate students.

The social worker provides intake to the outpatient dialysis unit. They are responsible for tracking patients through continuum. They complete CMS documentation and collect other regulatory data. The social worker sees all patients entering the chronic phase of renal failure for initial psycho-social assessment and planning. Referrals generally are made by nephrologists.

Following this assessment, the social worker (in consultation with other key staff) develops a plan of service with the patient and family which addresses their emotional economic and environment needs.

The social worker follows each patient in and out-patient program and may assume either a case management function, provide crisis-intervention and/or ongoing-counseling services to the patient and family.

The social worker helps to ensure continuity of care for dialysis out-patients when they are hospitalized by provide crisis-intervention, performing liaison functions and by informing Continuing Care RN of pertinent extended care needs and on-going home care services.

The social worker is responsible for facilitating transportation arrangements to dialysis treatments, monitoring the appropriateness of transportation plan (i.e., continued medical necessity of ambulance) and where indicated, facilitating a change in transportation plan.

When treatment alternatives such as transplant, home-dialysis CAPD etc. are being considered the social worker attends family meeting and contributed to evaluation and decision making by sharing knowledge of the psycho/social by dynamics and counseling the patient as this is indicated.

The social worker provides in-service education to new staff regarding psycho-social implications of renal disease and provides consultation an liaison services to staff in such areas a patient management, understanding of case dynamics, eligibility for services/benefits etc.

The social worker plays a vital role in patient education by keeping abreast of all patient-oriented literature; coordinating and sponsoring patient education seminars with other key staff; co-leading support group for home dialysis patients.

The social worker is responsible for initiating arrangements for transient dialysis and for the transfer of patients to another facility, (as indicated) -

- The social worker attends rounds; Continuing Care Dept. meetings; scheduled

Clinical and Peer Supervision; and may participate in a variety

of related, professional activities.

The social worker documents the initial psycho/social assessment in the out-patient medical record (and in-patient record where indicated) as well as providing monthly documentation of social service activity for all ESRD patients in the program. The social worker also completes ESRD Network facility forms for each new patient and for each decreased patient in the program -

- The social worker may be involved in the supervision and training of graduate students and

is expected to maintain State License at the appropriate levels.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

V. Reporting Requirements:

The Renal Social Worker reports, organizationally to Nursing, but collaborates closely with Social Work Supervisor.

VI. Accountability:

Shall be accountable for maintaining the confidentiality and security of all patient-related, medical-staff related, and patient-related data and information.

Shall be accountable for abiding by all relevant hospital policies and procedures.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:


Minimum Experience:

Health Care Experience

Minimum skills/abilities:

Good communication skills.

Ability to handle multiple tasks.




The assignment requires the worker to continue his/her professional education through readings, seminars, workshops, etc.

Age specific needs of patients.

Demonstrates the skills required to assess, treated, and intervene with patients appropriately in these age specific categories:

- Infant

- Child

- Adolescent

- Adult

- Geriatric

Special Qualifications:

Must work with patients and families who are in crisis.

Be exposed to patients with major trauma, infectious disease, and/or emotional upset.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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