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Full/Part Time: Full Time
Department: 186 - Social Services
Requisition Number: 13-1573524
In January, 2014, a new 20-bed Observation Unit will open adjacent to the Adult medical Emergency Department [ED]. This is a critical institutional initiative designed to allow Emergency Physicians to observe and treat selected patients over an extended period of time. The purpose of this unit is to reduce current ED room cycle times to free up access to incoming ED patients and to prevent short term admissions from tying up acute care inpatient beds by providing rapid active evaluation of defined subsets of patients .
Observation Unit patients will be those who present to ED with complaints and diagnoses which have the potential to be evaluated and dispositioned with a high likelihood of discharge within a 24-hour period or those who are awaiting definitive diagnostic testing which is expected to take several hours and will determine the patient disposition.
As an Observation Unit social worker, SW will facilitate the discharge of patients from the Observation Unit. Responsibilities include psychosocial assessment; a full range of psychosocial interventions for patients/families; transitional care; and, when appropriate, follow-up phone calls; and post-discharge intervention. Services will include counseling; assistance with concrete services (e.g., pharmacy, home care, transportation, entitlements, referral for community services), and close collaboration with the adult ED social workers and social workers in all outpatient settings to whom Observation Unit patients may be referred for follow-up.
The social worker will also be an integral part of the Observation Unit team. The social workers are also expected to identify patterns of need, develop and implement programs and use and monitor quality improvement methods and metrics to assess the impact of the effectiveness of the Observation Unit.
These full-time positions are currently anticipated to require THREE 12.5-hour days weekly for three weeks/month and FOUR 12.5 hour days one week/month. The schedule will include weekend days on a rotating schedule and will include evening hours up to as late as 12 AM (although the initial schedule is expected to be 8 AM - 8:30 PM.) Schedules are subject to change based on Observation Unit patient flow. The schedule during the orientation and training period (October - December) is currently expected to be Monday - Friday, 9 - 5 PM and/or 12 PM - 8 PM.
New York State LMSW or LCSW required
Strong interest in being part of an innovative initiative to improve the quality of care for patients who present in ED.
Excellent clinical skills, with exceptional skills in rapid psychosocial assessment and focused short-term treatment.
Ability to prioritize effectively multiple, simultaneous requests for service and respond effectively to the urgent needs of a diverse patient population.
Strong interdisciplinary/collaborative skills and organizational skills
Exceptional skills in engaging patients and families and expertise in coordinating resources within the hospital and community networks for effective management of patient care.
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