||Renal Social Worker - Per Diem
To help the patient and his/her family understand Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and renal replacement therapy; to counsel with the patient and family in working out their acceptance of the patient’s medical problem and methods
of modifying ways for more satisfying relationships, to provide a psychosocial summary to aid in the preparation of the interdisciplinary patient plan of care, to act as a resource person and liaison with community agencies, to provide casework and group work
services to assist the patient and family, to evaluate the patient’s optimum rehabilitation potential, to provide education regarding psychosocial problems of renal disease to members of the health care team and the public. The Renal Social Worker is responsible
for assisting and supporting the facility’s management team in achieving quality, patient satisfaction, business management, teamwork, culture, and employee satisfaction results. He/she is responsible for understanding, supporting, interpreting and implementing
the philosophy and policies of this facility.
• Assists the patient and family in understanding, accepting, and adapting to lifestyle changes associated with CKD and ESRD and renal replacement therapy by providing counseling and information.
• Develops and maintains a professionally therapeutic relationship with the patient and family.
• Participates in IDT review and development of plans of care providing continuous input of psychosocial data. Assures that patient routinely has direct input into his care/treatment plan/plan of care.
• Works with care team to identify psychosocial needs of patients and family.
• Provides a psychosocial summary to obtain the patient and family history to determine strengths, weaknesses, and coping patterns; identify problem areas; and identify feelings about transplantation and possible transplant donors; and identify rehabilitation
• Explores and develops family and community resources; maintains working relationship with various professionals, agencies, and volunteer organizations. Assists with applications for services and follow-up referrals.
• Assists in home training evaluation, work-up, and follow-up.
• Provides consultation to the medical and clinic staff on the psychosocial aspects of a patient’s situation, and the services/resources to assist the patient and or family.
• Maintains appropriate documentation on all patients receiving social work services, including monthly progress review, initial psychosocial assessments and annual patient updates per policy and regulations set forth.
• Attends and participates in the facility’s patient care planning meetings. Takes a leadership role in the education and implementation of Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) processes.
• Provides crisis intervention as needed.
||PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Per Diem Position
• May include Light physical work involving lifting and carrying.
• Talking and listening to communicate ideas or requirements to individual staff members and patients/families.
• Visual acuity to prepare and read written material accurately.
• Audio acuity to listen attentively and accurately.
• Ability to work overtime as needed to complete general responsibilities to meet the needs of the unit or corporation.
• Hand dexterity.
• Ability to travel when necessary to meet the needs of the patients, the unit and corporation.
Education & Qualifications:
• Hold a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in clinical practice from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; or
• Served at least 2 years as a social worker, 1 year of which was in a dialysis unit or transplantation program prior to September 1, 1976, and has established a consultative relationship with a social worker who qualifies as above (1).
• The incumbent must meet the licensure requirements in the state of practice.
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