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Trinity Health ED Social Worker II in Pontiac, Michigan

I Accountability Objectives:

The Social Worker functions as a multidisciplinary team member who provides direct clinical services and

interventions to patients, families and significant others from newborn through the end of life. The social worker

assists patients and families with disabilities, adjustments to illness, personal, financial and environmental difficulties

which may predispose illness and interfere with obtaining an optimal level of medical care and quality of life. They

provide comfort, support, emotional counseling, short-term triage, and crisis intervention to patients and their families

when needed,

II Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education, Licensure / Certification and Experience Required.

A. Education

Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work or equivalent.

Documentation of ongoing continuous education specific to Social Work and Palliative Care.

B. Licensure / Certification

Licensed Masters Social Worker in the State of Michigan

C Special Skill / Aptitudes

Must possess high level of analytical ability necessary to identify and plan for the resolution of difficult

psychosocial illness related problems

Must possess a high level of interpersonal skills necessary to provide counseling to patients and their

families on psychosocial illness and related problems.

Must possess leadership and group work ability necessary to function in a shared governance department


Excellent customer service orientation skills necessary in order to deal effectively with various levels of

hospital personnel, outside customers and community groups.

II Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education, Licensure / Certification and Experience Required.

D. Experience

Must have good knowledge of the principles and practices of social work. Will be expected to utilize a

variety of highly developed skills in individual and/or group methods.

Must have a good knowledge of the impact of illness on to patient and family as well as an understanding of

age specific needs and cultural differences.

Work requires some knowledge of health care, community resources, illness and disease, and medical

terminology associated with the services on the patient care unit(s).

III Duties / Responsibilities:

1 Collaborates with the medical staff by providing a comprehensive clinical , social and lethality assessment in

order to develop an appropriate plan of care of the newborn through the end of life.

2 Participates as a multidisciplinary team member by relaying clinical lethality evaluation and education

information to all health care providers to facilitate the safety for all staff and patients and ensure proper

management and plan of care with patients.

3 Assesses, directs and provides referral information to patients and their families to community agencies for

short and long term assistance. In addition, maintains a strong and ongoing working relationship with these


4 Provides clinical assessment information to insurance companies in order to obtain authorization for

Behavioral Medicine admissions in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.

5 Utilizes specialized clinical skills to evaluate assessment information gathered specific to lethality (i.e.:

suicidal/homicidal) to determine if patients meet involuntary psychiatric hospitalization requirements under

the State of Michigan Mental Health Code.

6 Provides coverage by phone to community during day and afternoon shifts.

7 Provides and documents in the electronic medical record consultative clinical services delivered to each

patient. Ensures documentation of assessment, plan of care and follow up are accurately completed and

demonstrate ongoing support to the care of the patient during their hospital admission.

8 Assumes responsibility for welfare of others through the initiation of: child abuse referrals, adult protective

services referrals, and guardianship petitions. Performs the assessment, initiates referrals and appears in court

as subpoenaed by the system.

9 Provides coverage in the Emergency Department, Emergency Transition unit, clinics and all inpatient units

when needed to meet the social aspects of care for all populations.

10 Works collaboratively with other members of the health care team, including medical staff, case management,

pain and palliative care members, Hospice and other community agencies to provide support and ongoing

planning for psychosocial aspects of care

11 Develops and conducts one ducational inservices related to a patients psychosocial care and/or illness, as well

as community resources that are available in the community.

12 Provides orientation to new employees and/or supervises social work/medical students during their clinical

rotations. Participates in department councils, projects and work groups.

13 Member of the Palliative care team.

Demonstrates and actively promotes an understanding and commitment to the mission of St. Joseph Mercy

Oakland through performing behaviors consistent with the Trinity Health Values.

Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations, the Trinity

Health Organizational Integrity Program, including the Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, as well as

other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and

professional behaviors.

Supports and conducts one's self in a manner consistent with customer service expectations.

In accordance with unit or departmental practice, determines that appropriate charges have been entered for the

correct patient, encounter, date/time of service, with any required modifiers. Make corrections as needed per

charge capture policy/practice.

In accordance with unit or departmental practice, actively participates in on-going education and

communication regarding revenue management.

In accordance with unit or departmental practice, assists with tracking and monitoring of equipment assigned

to the unit. Requests services for maintaining equipment as needed.

In accordance with unit or departmental practice, proficient with the electronic health records for

documentation, assessment, and care management, performing these activities concurrently with provision of

care throughout the shift.

IV Dept/Unit Specific:

Not Applicable

V Working Conditions:

  • Normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature and the like.

  • Involves walking about the hospital and attending meetings at outside agencies.

  • Working in a patient care environment may result in exposure to communicable disease and other hazardous



Job Number: 00122234

Location: Pontiac, MI

Organization Name: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Facility: SJSEMI - SJMO On-Campus Specialty

Employment Type: Full time

Shift: Rotating Shift

Hours: 40