Social Worker-MSW-Heart Failure

Social Worker-MSW-Heart Failure Facility: St Francis Hospital Location: Greenvale, NY Department: Heart Failure Category: Newly Created Position Schedule: Full Time Shift: Day shift Hours: Monday-Friday: Day Shift ReqNum: 6012433
The Social Worker will be involved in management of the Left Ventricular Assist Device Program (LVAD) and will assist in the coordination of selected patient care needs with a focus identified in each element description, as follows both for LVAD and advanced Heart Failure patients.
Provides initial and ongoing psychosocial assessments for patients/families having complex psychosocial needs and/or medical complex diagnosis.
Collaborates with the Advanced Heart Failure team and develops treatment goals and plans intervention that assist the patient and family to resolve psychosocial concerns that may arise as a result of illnesses, engagement in high risk social behaviors (i. e. substance abuse), limited finances and/or physical disabilities.
Provides crisis and supportive counseling to enhance the patient s and family s problem solving and coping skills. Counsels patient/families regarding advance medical directives.
Educates patients and families to the patient s needs post discharge and informs them of the alternatives available to meet those needs.
Collaborates with community agencies to provide services to assist with housing, financial, transportation, psychosocial, educational, home health, and home medical equipment needs of patients/families post discharge.
Documents social work assessments, treatment goals, interventions, outcomes, and discharge plans in the patient s medical record congruent with departmental policies.
Provides ongoing education for the other members of the health care team related to ethical, psychosocial and discharge planning issues.
Maintains current knowledge of trends related to mechanical circulatory support/heart transplant social work health care issues through attendance and active participation in continuing education and professional organizations.
Required: Experience in discharge planning or case management.
Preferred: Two years of experience in a hospital or health care setting.
Education: Master's Degree in Social Work
Licensing/Credentials: LMSW a must; LCSW preferred (willingness to work toward obtaining LCSW credential)

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