As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically-vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. Harborview Medical Center's Department of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a temporary/hourly, alternative work schedule, MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER. The individual in this position will provide direct social work services to Psychiatric & Medical Emergency Services, Ambulatory Surgery, the Operating Room, and observation statuses of patients and their families located in Emergency Services unit. RESPONSIBILITIES:Provide direct social work services to HMC patients within assigned service area while adhering to the parameters of HMC policies and procedures and NASW Code of EthicsMaintain working knowledge of community resources, processes, interventions and requirements pertaining to assigned service area, including but not limited to: Mental health crisis intervention, including suicide risk assessment, interpersonal violence, abuse/neglect of children and vulnerable adults, crisis intervention, chemical dependencyProvide skilled social work services to assigned ED, Ambulatory Surgery, and OR patients of all ages, including but not limited to: discharge planning, comprehensive psychosocial assessment, systems advocacy and intervention. grief counseling, crisis intervention, facilitation of family conferences, information and referral to appropriate community resources, and coordinate care for patients committed under the Involuntary Treatment ActPromote effective working relationships within the multidisciplinary team, including but not limited to demonstrating leadership in complex psychosocial interventionsServe as an ambassador for the Social Work Department and promote effective working relationships within assigned service area and multidisciplinary team, including but not limited to providing colleagues with clinical consultation in area of expertise and demonstrating leadership in complex psychosocial interventionsDevelop and maintain positive relationships with agencies providing specialty care to patients within assigned service areaDevelop and maintain working knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and plans of care pertaining to assigned service areaMentor new staff and serve as a Practicum Instructor for Social Work students, as assignedActively participate in the development of yearly performance goals and implementation planAttend and participate in supervision and departmental meetings, including Grand Rounds, team meetings and committees as assignedIdentify and attend educational seminars which enhance job performance.Participate in data collection and quality improvement activities as assignedComplete payroll documentation and leave requests in a timely mannerProactively comply with departmental and hospital-wide initiatives, including HMC competencies, departmental competencies, and vaccination/infection control campaignsAs requested, represent the Social Work Department on departmental, hospital-wide and community committees and trainingsPerform other duties as requiredREQUIREMENTS:A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work EducationAND One year of full-time social work experience in a health care setting or equivalent. Experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience.LEGAL REQUIREMENTWithin 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:Agency Affiliated CounselorLicensed Social Work Associate -AdvancedLicensed Social Work Associate - Independent ClinicalLicensed Advance Social WorkerLicensed Independent Clinical Social WorkerMust be eligible for credentialing through the Harborview Medical Center Administrative Credentialing Committee for Allied Health Practitioners.DESIRED:Top candidates will have knowledge of legal requirements for vulnerable populations, involuntary treatment for psychiatric patients and patients with chemical dependencies. To be successful in this position, the Medical Social Worker will have knowledge of community resources relevant to the target population.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.