UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center - Main Campus

Senior Social Worker (MSW) - ED

1 week ago(1/9/2018 1:58 PM)
Full Time
8712 Care Management
3rd, Nights
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Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.  We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

  • The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
  • The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
  • This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
  • The Stroke Care Excellence Award
  • Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. 

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. 

Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.


We’re interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE


UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply


Under the general supervision of the Department Director and ED Social Work Supervisor, this position serves as a member of an integrated, multidisciplinary team that is focused on the assessment, and identification of high-risk cases that require support and/or acute disposition.  Provides psychosocial intervention and support for patients/families as needed and will seek opportunities to create improvements in resource utilization and appropriate disposition. The ED social worker will also collaborate with case management and the inpatient social worker to streamline the care for the patients at UW Medicine Northwest Hospital. These duties will be performed in accordance with, and in adherence to, the mission, vision, and values of Northwest Hospital.                                 AH123                             *CA


Education Background:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education required.
  • Eligible to be a practicum instructor for the University Of Washington School Of Social Work preferred. 

Licensure, Registration, Certification

  • Registered in the State of WA as a Licensed Social Work Associate Advanced (LSWAA), Independent Clinical (LICSW) or LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) within 90 days employment.

 Special Training/Skills

  • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served on the assigned unit/department.
  • Ability to flex to assist other department members as needed.
  • Familiarity with community psychiatric resources. 

Work Experience

  • One year full time professional social work experience in an Emergency Department setting preferred.
  • Six months experience in a health care delivery system required.
  • Health care experience may include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience. 

 Physical Abilities

  • Able to sit for extended periods of time.  Able to operate a computer.
  • Must be able to handle a fluctuating workload
  • This job requires ability to communicate clearly in English (verbal and written) with all stakeholders (staff members, clinicians, practitioners and the general public).

Physical Demand Level:  Sedentary

In an 8-hour workday, must be able to-

Lift / Carry 10 pounds occasionally


As required, must be able to-

Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders

Push and Pull

Perform fine motor functions

Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.


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