Catholic Health Initiatives Social Worker- Social Services in DES MOINES, Iowa

Social Worker- Social Services




for the provision of basic evaluative, preventive, therapeutic, restorative and

personal care services to assist in meeting the psychosocial needs of Mercy

patients and their families, thus enabling them to better utilize medical care

resources in order to achieve their optimal level of health. Applies

fundamental psychosocial theory and methods to individuals, couples, families

and groups with appropriate regard for the complexity of given problems. As

assigned, provides social work services to patients at any and all points on

the continuum of care, from pre-admission to post-discharge follow-up. May interact

directly with persons of diverse ages.


  • Obtains social history information and identifies

patient needs by interviewing the patient/family, reviewing the medical record,

conferring with physicians and appropriate medical center staff and contacting

other information sources as necessary and appropriate.

  • Analysis and evaluation of patient situation is

based on a thorough consideration of the patient's psychosocial situation.

  • Develops individualized psychosocial case plans

based on assessment and in conjunction with other members of the health care

delivery team. Implements plan and monitors patient 's progress.

  • Arranges for and/or coordinates a broad spectrum

of discharge planning services. Consults with physicians, medical center staff,

patient/family to determine patient's post-hospital needs and plans.

  • Provides patient/family with information on

options/resources available and strategies for utilizing these resources.

Assists with all necessary referrals.

  • Demonstrates ability to differentiate between

emergency and non-emergency tasks and responds accordingly. Provides immediate supportive counseling and

necessary assistance to patients/families dealing with a crisis or emergency

situation. Assists with referrals to community resources when appropriate.

  • Provides psychosocial counseling/treatment

services to restore patients and families to optimum social and physical health

adjustment within their capacity.

  • Provides factual information and materials to

patients/families and others. Possesses knowledge of public and private welfare

and health agencies available to serve the community. Make referrals promptly

to appropriate agencies for services suitable to meet patient needs.

  • Screens patients for financial assistance and

helps clarify insurance benefits. Supports patients and families in their

efforts to address and cope with the economic stresses brought on by their


  • Provides clinical social work consultation to

physicians and professional staff through patient evaluations, case

conferences, in-service programs and educational presentations.

  • Maintains liaison with community health and

social service agencies, establishes effective professional relationships by

personal/telephone contact and correspondence.

  • Documents social work activity in patient 's

medical record. Prepares and maintains records/reports in a timely and

qualitative fashion.

  • Recognizes the role of a social worker in the

department and how it relates to the overall function of the hospital regarding

patient care.


  • Attends and participates in department and

interdisciplinary team meetings as scheduled.

  • Participates in relevant hospital and community

in-service training programs as required.

  • Participates in planning and development of

social work programs. Make suggestions for improving the department's services.

  • Participates in the education and training of

social work students, in coordination and interaction with supervisor.

  • Provides education and orientation to new staff

members of the Care Coordination Department, as requested by supervisor.

  • Serves as a consultant to other social workers in

areas of specialized experience.

  • Provides consultation services to other medical

centers and long-term care facilities as requested.

  • Works on special projects and social work related

tasks as assigned. Participates on committees as appropriate. Performs related

duties as required.



  • Bachelor's degree in social work, required.

  • Understands

medical terminology

  • Knowledgeable

regarding clinical interviewing techniques.

  • Knowledgeable

regarding social work principles, standards and ethics.

  • Basic

understanding of Medicare and Medicaid regulations and child/dependent adult

laws and regulations are desired.

  • Proof of

completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within

three (3) months of hire.

Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health


Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0157358