If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11171711-21-ER. The Renal subspecialty population is seen in the Hemodialysis Unit, a stand-alone ambulatory care clinic of newly diagnosed end stage renal disease patients, established chronic ESRD patients, as well as patients with Acute Kidney Injury. The Renal social worker facilitates/ coordinates social work program services for both inpatient/outpatient referrals. The duties of the Senior Social Worker (Renal Program) in the Social Work & Care Transitions Service include but not limited to: Incumbent completes Psychosocial Assessments for all dialysis (HEMO & PD) patients receiving outpatient dialysis in assigned clinics or at home. Incumbent performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness, including adjustment to chronic or life-threatening diagnoses. Incumbent communicates with team members to ensure coordinated treatment program and ensure timely and cost-effective outcomes. Acts as a consultant and resource for community agencies and other VA Medical Centers. Provides educational information to veterans and their families regarding end stage renal disease and treatment related issues. Administers and utilizes information, such as the National Kidney Foundation-Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI), and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to patients. Develops and implements information systems to track service activities . The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns related to ESRD case management and referral services. Incumbent can provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy or counseling and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with end stage renal disease and acute kidney injury. Incumbent provides advanced level case management to assist the Veteran with psychosocial issues, which impact the Veterans' quality of life. The Senior social worker actively participates in renal conferences, meetings, renal Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, or presentations involving problems or issues of considerable consequence or importance to patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and/or end-stage-renal-disease (ESRD). Incumbent must have knowledge of the guidelines used by social security for eligibility for Medicare part B for End Stage Renal Disease patients. Incumbent must also have knowledge about the eligibility and application process for the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission, National Kidney Foundation, and the American Kidney Fund. Incumbent must also have knowledge about the VAMC criteria for 100% SC End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) veterans and fee basis programs. Offers orientation and consultation to clinical staff, colleagues, stakeholders (referral sources, community agencies, Veteran Service Organizations and other interested parties) regarding the scope and management of this patient population and students on the psychosocial treatment of veterans in the Hemodialysis Unit, Renal Outpatient Clinic, and the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, rendering professional consultation on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. The Senior social worker will provide training and education in Renal Disease education to the entire CAVHS staff across care lines, patients, family members, military points of contact and community organizations. The Senior Social worker will provide professional leadership and monitoring of the Social Work/Case Management services of the Hemodialysis unit, Renal Outpatient Clinic, Home Dialysis, and the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic. The Senior social worker collaborates with other renal social workers and case managers within the VA system and outside the VA system. Incumbent will provide backup coverage for completion of Psychosocial Assessments for Organ Transplant candidates as needed. The incumbent may also provide cross coverage to assist in coordinating community dialysis and radiation referrals for identified patients. Additionally, the incumbent may represent social work with facility or community committees and workgroups, as appropriate. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and provide supervision for licensure. Provides Advanced Directive information and education including but not limited to the following: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will, Health Care Directive, and/or treatment preferences document to Veteran and families. Performs comprehensive suicide risk assessments and develops and integrates safety planning and safety goals into the Veteran's collaborative, individualized treatment plan. In conjunction with the healthcare team, identifies and assesses risk, safety, supports and implements appropriate interventions/treatment for those who are experiencing abuse, neglect, exploitation or are experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Participates in the rotation of Social Work Service holiday coverage 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.