The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is recruiting for a Social Worker to serve in the Community Nursing Home within Community Care Service. Assigned Duties: Interviews Clients and Conducts Psychosocial Assessments Interviews Veterans to establish facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs Reviews all referral data from social workers, case managers, managed care staff and discharge planners to identify patients' needs Makes a clinical assessment identifying the Veteran's needs and strengths Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and need for VHA services and community services Makes Psychosocial Diagnoses Independently evaluates the Veteran's situation, including the Veteran's reaction and ability to deal with it, and arrives at a reasonable conclusion Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan involving the Veteran and family or significant others Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving illness involving psychiatric, medical conditions, dementia and other high-risk diagnoses Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action Finds a suitable means of treatment to help Veterans and/or significant others copes with stressful situations Plans Effective Treatment Assures the transfer of health care, both inpatient and outpatient to the appropriate VHA and community resources Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment Responsible for clinical social work practice in the area or program to which assigned, including promotion of Social Work services as a key component of treatment Evaluates his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means Makes adjustments to the psychosocial treatment plan and interventions based on changing needs and response to interventions Initiates and effects changes in methods and interventions to promote efficient practice and improve patient outcomes Effectively uses professional skills, objectivity, and insight. Deals constructively with both positive and negative reactions, understands disparate values, and reaches Veterans and families from different social and ethnic groups Implements Treatment Provides clinical services to Veterans and family members/ significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment Gives advice, guidance, emotional support, and other assistance Provides individual and group counseling services, including psychotherapy in some settings Assists and encourages Veterans and significant others in facing problems, thinking them through, evaluating the situation realistically, considering alternative courses of action, and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems Evaluation, Education, Supervision, Coaching, and Mentoring Establishes a continuing relationship with the Veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate Meets with Veteran to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals Monitors Veteran's progress, maintains comprehensive documentation, ensures expert diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders, and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment. Provides clinical supervision to lesser experienced social worker staff members. Outreach Conduct active outreach to Veterans involved with the medical center and local community Comprehensive Case Management Program Coordination Follows applicable program guidelines and procedures, both locally and nationally Responsibility for improving professional skills, participating in planning and executing specific staff development projects, attending seminars and institutes, and participating in training programs of other disciplines as requested. Maintains productivity at the established required level. Coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans Document social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. May participate in a rotation of on-call social workers, including modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care needs on weekends. Travels where necessary, or as assigned in the capacity of community out reach support. The incumbent will maintain a current, unrestricted driver's license. Acts as a liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relations duties as needed Performs other related duties as assigned
Internal Number: 599692600
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.