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In Patient Social Worker MSW

Full / Part Time: Per Diem
Location: Westfield, Massachusetts
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Baystate Noble Hospital is a 97-bed acute care community hospital providing a broad range of services to the Greater Westfield community. We offer direct access to world-class technology, diagnostics, and specialists as a proud member of Baystate Health. Together, we passionately work to ensure that our patients have access to exceptional health care, close to home. An ideal combination of “high tech” and “high touch,” a staff of highly trained and compassionate nurses and medical support personnel complements an outstanding medical staff.

Principle duties related to direct clinical services.  Responsible for addressing the psychosocial issues that arise in acute care and emergency department settings, through a range of focused Social Work interventions and practices. The role is designed to assist patients, families, physicians, and other members of the health care team to work through an identified problem to positively affect the continuity of care, and optimal outcome of healthcare services at Baystate. 

Demonstrates knowledge about human behavior and theory; and about the psychosocial impact of disease on individuals and families as it relates to their age and stage of development. Coordinates input from all health care professionals, patient and family to formulate a documented discharge plan assuring continuity of care on a daily basis. Additional responsibilities may include psychosocial research and/or education, as well as collaboration, and/or education, with other members of the health care team. Demonstrates clear written and verbal communication skills.  Supports the mission and philosophy of the department as well as the Operating and Service Standards of Baystate.

Provides a comprehensive age-specific, psychosocial assessment of patients, including social, psychological, cultural, environmental and financial information and utilizes this information to develop a psychosocial treatment plan.  Incorporates cultural and spiritual variables into the assessment.

Ability to formulate treatment goals/plans with the patient and refer to other disciplines as needed. Supports patients' rights by treating the individual needs in the framework of their specific psychosocial, spiritual, developmental and cultural variables.

Provides counseling services to patients and families.  Utilizes diverse counseling techniques to help patients and their families deal with their medical situations more effectively. Remains current in social work practice trends. Demonstrates strong social work skills.

Participates as part of the care management team using discharge planning knowledge and skills to insure that appropriate post hospital care plans are developed developed and implemented in a timely manner. Coordinates and documents transition of care plan toward desired outcome, making recommendations and revision to the plan as indicated. Proactively evaluates medical, rehabilitation, psychosocial and physical needs of the patient and family insuring appropriate transition of care. Communicates and involves the health care team, patient and family throughout performance of this process.

Maintains all appropriate records and follows the department documentation policy. Demonstrates clear understanding of CIS and E&C documentation systems. Documents on-call interventions as indicated.

Adheres to the department Policies and Procedures.  Meets productivity standards. Contributes to Ql activities when indicated to improve areas within clinical practice, or systems issues effecting delivery of service.

Provides specialized knowledge to other healthcare professionals about psychosocial issues or resources by participating in teaching activities or providing information to colleagues (students, community health fairs, hospital programs or social work department programs. Initiates patient care conferences as necessary. Collaborates with case management partner to insure that appropriate post hospital care plans are developed.  Assists healthcare providers in understanding the impact of the psychosocial variables.

Contributes to development of programs within the social work department, the care management team and the community (new groups, membership on hospital committees, participation in the revision or development of new programs, community involvement related to patient care or BMC activities). Provides social work expertise to case management team members, including ongoing in-services as indicated.

Demonstrates professional growth and development by conference participation, membership on professional societies, activities to increase knowledge about illness, increase knowledge of patient resources.

Master's Degree in Social Work or related field

Minimum of two years as a practicing social worker in a health care setting required. Equivalent experience in a health care setting internship will be considered.


Hours/Schedule:  Per Diem - varies as needed

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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