The Senior Social Worker for the Emergency Department will practice social work in a specialty treatment program within Hospital Operations and the Emergency Department. The selectee is assigned for both administrative and clinical responsibility in the Emergency Department. It operates under the procedures and policies of VHA, VISN, and medical center, and The Joint Commission, OIG, and other regulatory agencies. The Senior Social Worker selected for this position will need to have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, especially in crisis intervention and working with an interdisciplinary team. They will be using short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis. As well as providing education and referral for resources and benefits, case management, and post-intervention follow-up. The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by incumbent ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Some of the duties include, but are not limited to: The incumbent independently provides a full range of assessment and evaluation services appropriate to the Emergency Room setting, especially in emotional and behavioral problems. The incumbent works as part of an interdisciplinary team in the Emergency Department, with the Psychiatrist on Duty (POD) and the medical treatment team to expedite voluntary and involuntary admissions of patients under the Baker Act system and coordinate efficient community referrals discharges. The incumbent participates in the assessment of patients in need of detox and substance abuse admissions and treatment. The incumbent provides psychosocial treatment to various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. The incumbent independently assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members. Formulates and implements a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family, and interdisciplinary treatment team. The incumbent works with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care; Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address the mental health needs of patients. Functional Statement Title: Senior Social Worker, Emergency Department. Work Schedule: 11:00 pm - 7:30 am. The schedule will include weekend days. Hours and days may be rotated, extended, or changed to meet the needs of our Veterans and this Medical Center. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.