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Clinical Social Worker, Inpatient Medicine, Per Diem

Job ID 13711035

Job Description


Week-Day shift coverage, per diem hours

•The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for assuming assigned patient caseloads on inpatient medicine and surgery. Reporting to the Social Work Manager or a designated supervisor, the social worker will provide bio-psychosocial assessments and interventions for patients and/or families impacted by a patient’s acute medical needs and any psychosocial factors or barriers impacting their care. The social worker will identify high risk psychosocial factors impacting a patient’s health status and, as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team, will help the hospital staff understand the influence of those factors on the patient’s course of medical care. The social worker will effectively intervene through evaluation, emotional support, provision of resources and recommendations, and team collaboration around potential barriers to care in the community and around discharge needs. The social worker will have knowledge in mandated reporting of abuse/neglect, trauma informed care, cultural and/or age specific concerns and impact, unstable housing or homelessness, food insecurity, substance use disorders, psychiatric illness, and the various community agencies and resources available. The social worker will participate in departmental and hospital-wide committees as assigned and will collaborate with other disciplines in the hospital. Mentoring and supervision of social work students will be expected as license appropriate.

•Provides bio-psychosocial assessment of patients evaluating for coping style, understanding of illness/adjustment/compliance, barriers to care, cultural issues or age-related issues impacting the care, abuse/neglect, intimate partner violence, community violence, trauma, substance use disorders, unstable housing or homelessness, food insecurity, psychiatric disorders, and other factors impacting care.
•Meets with families of patients when indicated to assess family relationships/systems as they relate to the care of the patient. Identifies family decision makers, caregivers, and evaluates their understanding of the patient’s medical issues and needs. Evaluates family coping style as well.
•Participates as member of interdisciplinary team in daily rounds on assigned unit.
•Employs a wide range of clinical interventions such as individual or family psychoeducation, support, or counseling.
•Assesses for and files mandated reports as indicated for child abuse/neglect, elder abuse/neglect, disabled persons abuse/neglect, and institutional abuse/neglect. Collaborates with team around same.
•Provides substance use assessment and assists with treatment options, referrals, and resources based on patient preference.
•Works with patients and families around advanced directives including assisting patients with completion of health care proxies, helping determine if copy of HCP exists elsewhere and how to obtain, and working with team and legal counsel should guardianship be necessitated.
•Assist with coordination of family/team meetings and provide guidance during meeting as indicated.
•Facilitates appropriate use of hospital and community resources as indicated.
•Will participate in clinical supervision with Social Work Manager or designated supervisor.
•Will adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics for social work profession and practice within the scope of social work licensure.

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital is a 171- bed non-profit, community teaching hospital located in Jamaica Plain directly across the street from the Arnold Arboretum. Founded in 1900, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital has a long history of meeting the health care needs of our patients by offering comprehensive care in a wide variety of specialties. At Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, our world revolves around our patients and their families, which is why we’ve been nationally recognized for our best practices in patient care, safety measures and surgical outcomes. If you’re looking for more than a career, join Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Our patients call it better care. Our employees call it home.


•LICSW preferred. Must be LCSW eligible and obtain within first 90 days of hire.
•Current professional licensure in Massachusetts

•Experience in health care setting or social work internship in health care setting preferred.
•Minimum of graduate level internship experience in appropriate setting.

•Fast paced work on inpatient medical/surgical floors. Must be able to respond quickly to calls and pages from varied team members regarding a patient’s care needs.
•Ability to triage work load and case work throughout the day

EEO Statement

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to an employee’s protected status, such as age, race, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.

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