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Social Worker-Medical/Surgical (MSW, BSW)

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Physical Address

Topeka, KS 66612
Job Description


The staff social worker is assigned to specific medical/surgical department(s) and works in tandem with the assigned RN case manager. The role of the social worker is to initiate and complete social work assessments, interview patients/families and network with appropriate professional staff and community resources in order to evaluate the effects of the illness or injury on the patient system and identify current or potential adjustment difficulties/needs in planning for discharge. Based on this assessment, the social worker will collaborate with patients, team members, family members and others to develop a viable plan of intervention which is to be communicated to the interdisciplinary team and all other interested parties through attendance at interdisciplinary team meetings, documentation in the medical record, phone contact, and individual and/or group meetings. The social worker in this role will abide by the organizational and departmental standards regarding attendance, documentation, performance improvement, policies and procedures, competencies and the Code of Ethics. The social worker will keep current with social work and health care knowledge and pursue further job-related knowledge/learning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

+ Actively participates in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team to formulate and implement treatment plan, including discharge planning. Assists with such responsibilities as financial resource referrals, transportation arrangements, hospice services, swing bed, nursing home and rehab referrals, limited assist with legal matters (guardianship, DPOA,) as well as other necessary supports

+ Performs social work assessments demonstrating awareness of bio-psychosocial, cultural, developmental, spiritual ramifications of illness and hospitalization, personal safety screens and suicide assessments.

+ Contributes appropriately to treatment plan based upon assessment, which includes client/family/caregiver issues and concerns.

+ Establishes and maintains a supportive and professional relationship with patient, family, professional staff and external community resources.

+ Communicates in a clear, concise and timely manner with patients, families, caregivers and treatment staff. Adjusts communication style responsive to receiver.

+ Maintains a professional level of productivity and coordinates and prioritizes patient related activities in an efficient and effective manner.

+ Demonstrates initiative and provides leadership in the face of changes and/or development of new programs or services.

+ Maintains confidentiality and complies with professional ethics according to professional, departmental and organizational standards.

+ Contributes ideas regarding identified needs for performance improvement initiatives in the department and throughout the organization.

+ Maintains a working knowledge of COBRA requirements, DPOA, legal guardianships and abuse and neglect statutes insofar as they intersect with day-to-day work responsibilities.

+ Documents clinical interventions in a timely manner.

+ Participates on hospital-wide committees as assigned and opportunities arise.

+ Participates in a regular rotating schedule of on-call responsibilities. When on-call, individual must be able to physically report to SVHC within 30-45 minutes if the need arises.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Requires Masters in Social Work (MSW) and one year medical experience or Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) and four years acute care/medical experience.

Certificates and Licenses:

Must have State of Kansas licensure (ie: LBSW, LMSW, LMLP, LMFT or LPCC) or eligible for licensure. Licensure must be achieved within 6 months of hire or will voluntarily resign.

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