Job Number: 201176
Department: Social Services
Hours: Variable shift/hours In this busy Social Worker position you will work in our ED to provide social work interventions for Emergency Department patients and their families, and assist in other areas of the hospital as needed after hours.
- Perform psychiatric and substance abuse assessments to determine a safe discharge plan. Document assessment and interventions according to standard work. Participate in safety planning and de-escalation in the ED.
- Provide care coordination with outside agencies to ensure continuity of care. Coordinate with ITA Court and testifies as needed, including writing affidavits when making a referral to the designated mental health professional.
- Perform psychosocial assessments for patients to determine appropriate disposition from the ED, coordinating transportation and providing additional care planning resources.
- Assist in care planning about and education on the appropriate use of the ED for patients who are high utilizers of emergency services.
- Provide short-term adjustment counseling to assist with emotional, social, and economic stresses of illness and disability. Help optimize care transitions for patients who receive their outpatient care at VMMC.
- Participate in quality assurance and utilization review to enhance patient satisfaction, and participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop a coordinated care plan for patients.
- Participate in informal and formal consultations; provide, present, and participate in support and training; arrange speakers and develop materials and programs.
- Participate in Medical Center committees and special projects as assigned.
With numerous awards and distinctions, including our recognition as Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, Virginia Mason has transformed health care through our innovations in patient safety and our ability to provide patients in our community with easier access to our high-quality care. Consisting of a 336-bed hospital in Seattle, WA, and an extensive network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout the Puget Sound region, joining Virginia Mason is an exceptional opportunity to partner with nationally recognized physicians and peers, and an organization recognized as the benchmark for health care.
As a member of our team, you will contribute to the strength of our Team Medicine approach to collaborative medicine. You will also help to further our commitment to continuous improvement through our Virginia Mason Production System, and our philosophy of empowering you to facilitate real change in the delivery of care. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters – your patients.
- Master’s of Social Work from an accredited college or university is required.
- Registration with the state of Washington as either a Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWAIC), Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Social Work Associate Advanced (LSWAA) or Social Work Advanced (LISW)
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Working knowledge of individual and family dynamics and the ability to perform psycho/social assessments
- Understanding of systems and how to work within systems
- Understanding of the impact and implications of disease and the course of disease
Virginia Mason offers much more than competitive compensation and benefits. With continuing education opportunities and the added potential of relocation assistance, you will find our commitment to your well-being is both rewarding and refreshing.
There is also the lifestyle benefit that comes with finding yourself in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by the vibrancy and sophistication of one of the most livable cities in the country, finding the perfect urban or outdoor pursuit will instinctively and pleasurably become second nature.
We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Social Worker – ED – Seattle, Washington