Experience and Education
- Minimum of two (2) years experience required.
- Experience in Emergency Department preferred.
- Graduate of an Institution certified by the Council of Social Work Education with a Masters in Social Work;
- LCSW preferred or LMSW actively pursuing LCSW.
- Current license is required by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
1. Performs social work assessment and crisis intervention for patients and family members presenting to the Emergency Department for care.
2. Anticipates patient's and/or patient's family needs and expectations and utilizes these in conjunction with assessment to help develop appropriate plan of care for patient.
3. In collaboration with the psychiatrist on call, identifies psychiatric emergencies. Assesses the potential for self harm/suicidal ideation and coordinates voluntary and involuntary treatment/commitment procedures.
4. Works closely with the primary responder, the ED physician and nursing staff and consults with, legal authorities, military commanders, school districts and other community entities as assigned or required.
5. Assists Emergency Room staff in evaluation and stabilization of patients. Facilitates admission and transfer processes to appropriate facilities, as indicated.
7. Provides information and/or education to patient's and/or patient's families. Completes accurate and timely documentation of all education provided. Obtains feedback and evaluation of understanding from patient and/or family. Demonstrates effective communication with children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
8. Refers patients to out-patient programs and communities resources as indicated to assist the patient in meeting their health care needs and medication procurement.
9. Maintains timely documentation; consistently meets department and UH documentation standards.
10. Serves as patient and/or family advocate. Responds to patient's and/or patient's family's complaints and reports them to supervisor. Utilizes chain of command to resolve patient, operational, or personal work related problems.
11. Maintains HIPPA privacy of all patients. Accesses only medical records for patients that are assigned or that present to the ED and are screened for potential social work interventions.
12. Performs other duties as assigned. Acts as a resource for the department for complicated mental health processes as related to Order of Protective Custody (OPC) and Apprehension by Police Officer without Warrant (APOWW).
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
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