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.
Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity available for a full-time, day shift, MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER to provide direct social work services for patients in the inpatient medical and surgical units of the medical center and/or participate in health sciences research; and/or participate in health sciences teaching activities, and exercise independent decision-making authority and expertise specific to assigned area of practice.
Provide specialty consultation to other health care staff and health care teams regarding psychosocially focused aspects of client/patient care
Provides psychosocial support to patients and families
In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, develops and implements safe and timely discharge plans
Provides care coordination for patients with complicated social and medical histories
Provides case management in specialized programs
Provides counseling services in specialized programs
Makes timely referrals to hospital and/community agencies including those required by mandatory reporting laws such and child and vulnerable adult abuse
Maintains appropriate documentation
Participates in practicum instruction of social work students and/or provides work direction to Social Work Assistant(s) or other assigned staff
Participates in formal and informal teaching of health care professionals, health sciences students and the general community
Coordinates elements of research studies and projects
Participates in or chairs departmental program development activities or committees
Represent the Social Work Department on hospital, university, and community committees/work groups
Perform related duties as assigned/required
REQUIREMENTS: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND 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 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
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.