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Medical Social Worker Opportunities - Vancouver, Washington

Job ID: 42545
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description

Description

PeaceHealth is seeking Medical Social Workers for part-time and full-time positions in Care Management at Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.  Choose this rewarding career where you'll support patients and their families through their experience from diagnosis to discharge.

We have a variety of positions available from 24 hours to 40 hours per week, day shift or evening shift. 

We are offering: 

  • A Hiring Bonus 
  • Relocation Assistance
  • A comprehensive benefits package and competitive wage with additional compensation for social worker certifications
  • A non-profit mission driven healthcare system

About us:  PeaceHealth’s community of health care professionals in the Vancouver area include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, a 450-bed tertiary-level hospital, and PeaceHealth Medical Group, a multi-specialty provider group serving communities throughout Clark County. 

Moving to the area? Why you'll love Vancouver and surrounding communities:

  • Vancouver is a lively city with over 160,000 residents, located just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.
  • A thriving innovative waterfront with amazing restaurants, wine tasting rooms and Taphouse/breweries
  • Prefer living in a smaller city? There are numerous communities surrounding Vancouver (Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, LaCenter) that offer a variety of housing options including rural living opportunities.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy quick access to the Pacific Ocean, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and never-ending recreational activities of the Pacific Northwest. We are home to some of the world’s best mountain biking and wind-surfing locales.
  • Downtown Vancouver is only 9 miles from downtown Portland which has a  Arts, Theatre, professional sporting events and more. 
  • Stellar school districts.
  • No Washington State income tax.

For additional information or questions, feel free to reach out to the recruiter at [email protected] 

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.

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Position Details:

  1. Responsible for identifying and interacting with medically and psychosocially complex patients and families who are likely to benefit from care management and meet high risk criteria and for coordination of discharge planning services for these patients in collaboration with RN Care Management and other members of the care team.
  2. Identify key problems, strengths and resources to be addressed in the discharge plan of care. Coordinate and facilitate improved ability to comply with plan of treatment; counseling or support needed to cope with situation; improved ability to access appropriate level of care due to lack of financial resources or lack of available service.
  3. Actively support measures that promote effective use of resources.
  4. Identify, plan and arrange for appropriate services applying a knowledge of services available in the community, state, and federal health regulations and admission, discharge and appropriate level of care. Coordinate effective planning and arranging for needed services upon discharge.
  5. Intervene by arranging services, education and providing psychosocial support to prepare the patient and their family to manage their healthcare needs within the acute care setting and post discharge.
  6. Coordinate with the interdisciplinary team and community resources when appropriate, regarding the multiple details of transitional care management plan. Consult with physician as indicated.
  7. Works with patients identified and referred to them by RN Care Management and/or other members of the care team, as well as by patients/families.
  8. Conducts evaluation to include appropriate documentation and the effectiveness of the Care Management services. Collaborates with team members to identify cause and adjust plan if patient’s health status is not improving.
  9. May counsel patients and/or families to facilitate and/or participate in community care services, in coordination with the physician and treatment team. Works as an integral member of the treatment team in the coordination of treatment and transition of care planning. Assesses and addresses both mental health and chemical dependency conditions. May perform risk assessments for suicidality and homicidality.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in social work (MSW) required or may consider a Masters Degree in related field with minimum of 2 years work experience in a medical or healthcare setting, social service agency, or community organization focusing on health and/or welfare issues. 
  • Must have WA State credential in order to practice, either Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration (CAAR) – applied for and received within 90 days of hire OR one of the other applicable Social Work, Therapist or Counselor licenses at the time of hire.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community health, welfare and social agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply age specific principles of growth and development and life stages to meet each patient’s needs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in social work practice.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including sensitivity to other cultures and ethnicities.
  • Excellent skills in conceptual thinking, listening, problem resolution and planning.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office applications and electronic medical records.
  • Knowledgeable about issues related to chronic illness, developmental disabilities, special needs, mental illness, grief and transition, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and senior abuse.
  • Good understanding and adherence to core social work values and ethics.

 SOUTHWEST PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS

  • Work requires normal amounts of physical effort at least 66% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.  

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