Provides social work services to patients and families in collaboration with the health care team consistent with VNSNY Home Care policies. Works under general supervision.
- Assesses clients and/or family psychosocial status, social work needs and living conditions utilizing professional knowledge, skills of observations and interviewing skills.
- Establishes the social work component of the client/family plan of care based on goals mutually acceptable to the client, family and significant others. Makes referrals to other community services, as necessary.
- Travels to patients’ homes and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g., elevated buildings, walk-ups, care facilities, single/multiple family homes, presence of pets, etc.) using approved transportation options to deliver direct service to the client.
- May respond to emergent psychosocial needs of patient and families as requested.
- Provides psychosocial work services to client and/or family, including short-term individual counseling, community resource planning, and crisis intervention.
- Provides advocacy to client and/or family, e.g., assistance in obtaining entitlements and community services.
- Provides social work services in accordance with Agency policies, practices, procedures and Standards of Social Work Practice, which may require standing, stooping, sitting, crouching, bending and stretching to deliver patient care, as needed.
- Initiates and maintains verbal and written communication according to VNSNY Home Care policy, including the preparation of clinical and progress notes, to ensure optimal quality client care.
- Manages social work planning for a caseload of clients prescribed by the physician and other team members from assessment to discharge. Maintains productivity sufficient to meet program goals.
- Assists the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the clients health problems.
- Participates in the development of treatment plans and revises the goals as needed. Coordinates approaches to client and/or family care in with other team members.
- Consults with and educates the client and family regarding the treatment plan, self-care techniques and prevention strategies.
- Utilizes appropriate community resources and serves as a liaison between the Agency and other community agencies.
- Participates in discharge planning.
- Assumes responsibility for continued professional growth, such as in-service programs.
- Transports and utilizes VNSNY designated/supplied carrying case weighing up to 30 lbs. (as needed) to and from patient homes/care facilities, VNSNY offices and other locations.
- Acts as a resource to Agency staff.
- Provides on-call coverage, as needed.
- Participates in special projects and other related duties, as required. CA2020
Licensure: Current registration to practice as a Licensed social worker in New York State required. Valid driver's license or NYS Non-Driver photo ID card, may be required as determined by operational/regional needs.
Education: Master's degree in Social Work after successfully completing a prescribed course of study at a graduate school of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the Education Dept. and who is certified or licensed by the Education Dept to practice Social Work in New York State required.
Experience: Minimum of one year social work experience in a health care setting required. Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs.
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Countries. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost effective healthcare in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 44,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.