Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States, and ranked as the number 1 hospital in Washington State, as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. 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.
The University of Washington Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE), day shift, SOCIAL WORKER 2 in support of the ALVORD BRAIN TUMOR CENTER. The Neuro-Oncology Clinic Social Worker functions as a core member of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center (ABTC) interdisciplinary care team. This position will provide both practical and psychosocial services to brain tumor patients and their support systems, to include: conducting initial and ongoing assessments of psychosocial functioning, resource identification and access, crisis intervention and participating with team members and associated medical specialties in ongoing care planning. This position reports to the UWMC Social Work & Care Coordination Department, and functions in a matrixed environment with guidance from the clinical program director and clinic manager of the ABTC.
Utilizes medical record and consultation with interdisciplinary staff to screen patients for service needs, provide information regarding Social Work activity and to coordinate care as part of an interdisciplinary team
Assesses for the psychosocial and disposition planning needs of patients and when appropriate, their support systems, and develops appropriate interventions to address such needs
Provides patient-centered care by treating patients and their support systems with respect and dignity, involving them in their care whenever possible Serves as liaison between medical staff and patients/families, providing support and advocacy as needed
Maintains positive working relationships within the department, with UWMC staff, and with community providers by effective oral and written communication
Participates in quality improvement activities that enhance the performance of the department and the UWMC, as appropriate
Provides education to other health care providers and staff, patients and their support systems on psychosocial issues, community resources, and the role of social work
Responds to crisis situations and emergency codes, as appropriate, and participates in implementation of departmental and UWMC disaster plans in the event of internal and external disasters
Provides consultation and cross-coverage as needed to other members of the department
Documents pertinent clinical activity and statistical data in a timely manner, to meet professional standards, departmental and UWMC policies and regulatory requirements
Provides training to new staff and students and represents the department and UWMC to internal and external groups
Performs other related duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND two years of full-time professional social work experience in a health-care setting eligible to begin social work practicum instruction for the School of Social Work. OR Equivalent education/experience.
Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:
Licensed Advance Social Worker
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Experience working with persons with cancer or potentially life-limiting diagnoses
Ability to engage with patients, family members and providers on a range of issues including goals of care, caregiver support, end-of-life planning and legacy work
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.