UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

  • Sr Social Worker (MSW) - SEIU Full Time

    Posted Date 4 months ago(7/11/2018 12:08 PM)
    Full Time
    8712 Care Management
    1st, Days
    Job Location
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  • Overview

    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, reporting to the Social Work Supervisor, this position serves as a member of an integrated, multidisciplinary team that is focused on the assessment, support and/or post-acute disposition of NWH patients and their families.  This position will seek opportunities to create improvements in resource utilization, length of stay and appropriate discharge planning criteria.  These duties will be performed in accordance with, and in adherence to, the mission, vision, and values of Northwest Hospital.


    Provides, Progresses,  and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to:

    • Completes accurate and thorough assessment of patient and family psychosocial functioning with focus on potential barriers to discharge.
    • Provides emotional support, crisis counseling as needed; mental health and substance abuse interventions.

    Communication/Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:

    • Collaborates with case manager to provide for patient needs according to individual patient/condition requirements and care setting.
    • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with the health care team.  Ensures timely coordination with other care management staff to ensure continuity as patients move throughout the hospital.
    • Communicates effectively in writing, over the telephone, and in person with medical staff, nursing staff, ancillary support staff, external referral sites, patients, and families.
    • Accurately and appropriately documents all assessments, interventions and discharge plans.
    • Supports a work climate that is conducive to recruitment and retention of staff.  Maintains objectivity and good interpersonal skills that promote effective interaction with a wide variety of people.  Remains calm and constructive in conflict situations.
    • Participates in department and committee meetings, unit rounds, and patient/team conferences as appropriate.

    Discharge Planning, includes but is not limited to:

    • Initiates discharge planning from admission and through discharge;
    • coordinates required resources for patient/family to achieve safe and timely discharge/transfer.
    • Demonstrates knowledge and appropriate use of hospital and community resources.
    • Prioritizes with the case manager to facilitate timely discharge planning.
    • Facilitates patient placement to appropriate disposition; arranges needed equipment and/or transportation, and ensures arrangements for appropriate follow up.

    Payor and Regulatory Criteria, includes but is not limited to:

    • Demonstrates a working knowledge of Utilization Management
    • Maintains a working knowledge of all local, state and federal guidelines, requirements, and regulations
    • Knowledgeable of length of stay associated with specific diagnoses and implements timely discharge planning appropriate for length of stay.

    Process Improvement, includes but is not limited to:

    • Identifies operational problems and takes action to correct specific problems.
    • Identifies patients who are readmitted and evaluates care and discharge needs if necessary.
    • Participates in process improvement efforts.


    Education Background:

    • Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education AND one year full time professional social work experience with discharge planning and resource utilization in a health-care related setting or equivalent (two years preferred).  Eligible to be a practicum instructor for the University of Washington School of Social Work preferred. 

    Licensure, Registration, Certification

    • Credentialed as any of the following for all applicants after June 1, 2013:
    • Licensed Social Work Associate Advanced (LSWAA),
    • Licensed Social Work Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC),
    • Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW),
    • Licensed Social Work Independent Clinical (LICSW)


    • Ability 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.
    • Psychiatric assessment skills at a level consistent with social work job assignment
    • Ability to handle a fluctuating workload
    • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbal and written) with all stakeholders (staff members, clinicians, practitioners and the general public.
    • Computer skills consistent with electronic charting and referral system

    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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