• Social Worker - ED MedPsych - Contingent

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/10/2019 1:00 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
    Position Type
  • Overview

    General Summary of Position Responsibility:

    Provides emergency psychiatric evaluations and disposition planning to patients presenting to the emergency department and provides essential social work support and protective service evaluations and resources to the emergency department and entire hospital.


    Essential Job Functions:

    ED Psychiatric Social Worker

    1. Assesses children and adolescents referred to the Emergency Department for behavioral and/or emotional problems, or children considered in distress by the medical and nursing staff in the Emergency Department.
    2. Reviews all evaluations by phone with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident On-Call.
    3. Assists in the management of patients whose emotional or behavioral presentation in the Emergency Department is jeopardizing appropriate medical care.
    4. Assists the Emergency Department staff when primary caregivers become so emotionally distressed or exhibit such poor behavioral controls that mental health professional intervention is considered necessary.
    5. Reviews and triages all after hour psychiatric related phone calls.
    6. Provides referrals for psychiatric services to patients evaluated in the Emergency Department.
    7. Completes all aspects of psychiatric admissions, including insurance verification, precertification and information of patient rights.
    8. Provides initial coverage to medical inpatients experiencing severe and acute emotional/behavioral problems, as available on evening shift.
    9. Collaborates and provides clinical consultation as needed with team members across the continuum, including intra- and inter-departmentally within the Hospital setting.
    10. Participates in rounds, treatment meetings, patient care conferences, staffing, multidisciplinary case conferences, etc.
    11. Maintains clinical documentation in a thorough and timely manner adhering to Hospital and Departmental standards.



    Medical Social Work

    1. Coordinates service delivery with families and appropriate team members across the continuum. Makes necessary referrals to other team members and/or community resources.  Collaborates with the family to assist them in utilizing community service linkages.
    2. Identifies, assesses, and responds to child/family needs; includes in this process (identification, assessment, response) age-specific developmental needs, psychosocial needs, cultural needs, and spiritual needs. Particularly focuses on addressing the social and emotional needs of families that impact on a patient's medical treatment and outcome.  These needs may include, but are not limited to, adjustment to illness, poor coping abilities, impairment in parental functioning, guardianship issues, adherence to treatment plan, need for additional resources due to poverty or compromised financial status, substance abuse, cultural differences, death/dying/bereavement, and family welfare.
    3. Identifies, assesses and responds to any concerns involving the safety of a child, such as a report of domestic violence, physical or emotional abuse, medical neglect, or sexual or emotional abuse of a child. Works closely with the Protective Services Team and the ED Team to ensure that a safe discharge is developed for children whose safety is at risk.  Participates as a member of the Protective Services Team.
    4. Develops relationships with families that are caring, trusting, reliable, and beneficial. Utilizes these relationships for the patient's well-being and treatment.
    5. Provides timely and effective intervention for families in emergency/crisis situations. This includes dying/death/bereavement; protective services and domestic violence issues, codes, deterioration of child's health status, or other situations deemed emergent by the family or health care team.   
    6. Addresses the psychosocial/spiritual/developmental/cultural needs of the child and family throughout the continuum of care. Particularly collaborates closely with assigned team in addressing the social and emotional concerns of families served. Participates regularly in the team's interdisciplinary rounds. 


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Master’s degree in social work from university approved by the council for social work education is required.
    2. License Requirements: If eligible, employee must have active LCSW. If employee is not yet LCSW eligible, employee must have LSW or obtain LSW within 6 months of employment start date and employee must obtain LCSW upon meeting eligibility criteria. LCSW is required for positions serving the Emergency Department and may be required for positions serving and licensed independent mental health providers in specialty roles. 
    3. Minimum of two (2) years of work experience or internship completion in a health care, child welfare or mental health setting is required. Experience working with children and families. Experience is emergency psychiatric assessment and triage strongly preferred.  Experience in medical social work strongly preferred.
    4. Ability to think proactively, acts creatively, and takes initiative appropriately. Excellent communication, critical-thinking, and interpersonal skills.
    5. Demonstrated ability to work as a part of multiple teams.
    6. Special physical requirements – sits and stands throughout the day. Physical management of patients in crisis situation may be necessary.
    7. Basic Life Support certification required (can be provided by Lurie within 90 days of employment).


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