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Social Worker LMSW

Job Ref: 26063

Talent Area: Social Work

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Baytown, TX 77521

Area/Department: Qual Care Mgmt

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: PRN

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: PRN - as needed

Company Profile

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

Job Summary

The Social Worker LMSW - PRN provides clinical social work and complex discharge planning to patients and their families. Holds joint accountability with case manager for facilitating psychosocial and continuing care. Works collaboratively with physicians, case managers and multidisciplinary team to effect positive patient and family outcomes.


1. PSYCHOSOCIAL EVALUATION   a. Performs psychosocial evaluations of patients and families in order to  consider all variables that may impact treatment plans and outcomes.  b.  Analyzes complex data and assesses social and emotional functioning as well as patient/family adjustment to illness/ disability as it impacts patient treatment, recovery and discharge plans.  c.  Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to apply age-related issues as they impact treatment, recovery, compliance and discharge plans. d. Demonstrates knowledge of, sensitivity to and the ability to apply cultural, socio-economic and religious factors as they may impact patient and family.  Job Description Social Worker, LMSW, PRN Page 2 of 4   2. DISCHARGE PLANNING/TRANSITION MANAGEMENT  a.  Building on the evaluation process, develops, coordinates, implements and revises treatment/discharge plans for complex patients to ensure good transitional management and continuity of care. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of all levels of post-acute care. b.  Involves patient/family in all treatment and discharge plans.  c. Provides information to patient/family in a way that is clear, understandable and age-appropriate.  3. PATIENT/FAMILY COUNSELING a.  Establishes a therapeutic relationship.b..  Provides brief, therapeutic, goal-directed counseling services to assist patients/ families to cope more effectively and make decisions. c. Identifies and uses appropriate treatment theories.  d.  Appropriately and effectively applies crisis intervention theory and skills.  4. KNOWLEDGE AND UTILIZATION OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES  a.  Demonstrates an effective knowledge base and the judgment and the ability to effectively select and coordinate available community resources including referrals to regulatory agencies.  b.  Demonstrates the ability to mobilize alternative resources to fill gaps in established community resources.  c. Appropriately utilizes the Resource Center to assist with complex discharges and intensive community resources.  d.  Provides consultation to case managers and healthcare team when coordination with significant or intensive community resources is necessary to achieve desired treatment outcomes.    Job Description Social Worker, LMSW, PRN Page 3 of 4  5. MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIVE COMMUNICATION  EF a. Develops effective partnerships with healthcare team members. Demonstrates collaboration and teamwork with case managers assigned to their units.  b.   Participates fully and effectively in patient care and discharge planning meetings.  c.  Actively participates in multi-disciplinary communication and team building on assigned units and department. d. Demonstrates ability to communicate and negotiate with all levels of the organization and community with documented information and recommended solutions.  6. MEDITECH/CHART DOCUMENATION a. Completes accurate, timely, pertinent, and legible medical record documentation consis10t with department procedures.  b.  Utilizes MEDITECH to facilitate communication, transitions, and hand offs.  c. Completes accurate, timely, pertinent discharge planning information in  MEDITECH  7. PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY a. Builds an effective social work practice in assigned areas. b. Manages multiple tasks effectively through use of prioritization and time management skills. Demonstrates critical thinking skills. c. Demonstrates constructive use of supervisory feedback. d. Treats all individuals with dignity and respect and demonstrates the componets of the ICARE values statements  8. OTHER  a. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. b. Performs other duties as assigned.   


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Master’s degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited Graduate School

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Minimum of two years social work experience in a health care setting.


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED - Knowledge of community resources - Knowledge of health care financial and payer issues, and eligibility for state, local and federal programs - Computer skills - Advanced oral and written communication skills - Collaboration, negotiation and mediation skills - Time management and prioritization skills 


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