Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States, and ranked as the number 1 hospital in Washington State, as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated 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. The University of Washington Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER 1 OR 2. Under the University of Washington Medical Center Social Work Department's Policies and Professional Social Work requirements, this Social Work Professional will mainly support Inpatient Cardiac Surgery, with the addition of the Cardiac Surgery Clinics.Duties include triaging referrals, following up on previously planned discharges, conducting assessments on patients identified as needing a weekend discharge, providing support and education to patients and families, interdisciplinary care planning, and crisis intervention. Skills required include clinical insight, an ability to be comfortable working with persons with significant medical issues, a collaborative nature, strong multitasking and organizational abilities and demonstrated customer service skills. Knowledge of health care resources and experience in hospital discharges such as Skilled Nursing Facility, Acute Rehab, Long Term Acute Care, ALF/AHF placement, Home Health and Hospice is strongly preferred. Benefits include working in a respected Social Work-led department with Social Work supervision, supportive colleagues, and an excellent reputation. RESPONSIBILITIES: Utilizes medical record and consultation with interdisciplinary staff to screen patients for service needs, provide information regarding Social Work activity and to coordinate care as part of an interdisciplinary team Assesses for the psychosocial and disposition planning needs of patients and when appropriate, their support systems, and develops appropriate interventions to address such needs Provides patient-centered care by treating patients and their support systems with respect and dignity, involving them in their care whenever possible Serves as liaison between medical staff and patients/families, providing support and advocacy as needed Maintains positive working relationships within the department, with UWMC staff, and with community providers by effective oral and written communication Participates in quality improvement activities that enhance the performance of the department and the UWMC, as appropriate Provides education to other health care providers and staff, patients and their support systems on psychosocial issues, community resources, and the role of social work Responds to crisis situations and emergency codes, as appropriate, and participates in implementation of departmental and UWMC disaster plans in the event of internal and external disasters Provides consultation and cross-coverage as needed to other members of the department Documents pertinent clinical activity and statistical data in a timely manner, to meet professional standards, departmental and UWMC policies and regulatory requirementsThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.This position may be hired as a Social Worker 1 or 2, depending on candidate's qualifications. REQUIREMENTS: SOCIAL WORKER 1: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education AND six months of experience in a health care delivery system. OR Equivalent education/experience. Health care experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience. SW1 LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington: Agency Affiliated Counselor Licensed Social Work Associate -Advanced Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical SOCIAL WORKER 2: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND two years of full-time professional social work experience in a health-care setting eligible to begin social work practicum instruction for the School of Social Work. OR Equivalent education/experience. SW2 LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington: Licensed Advance Social Worker Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker DESIRED: Experience in a mental health setting.
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.