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Munson Healthcare Social Worker in Traverse City, Michigan


Masters degree in Social Work from a CSWE (Counsel on Social Work Education) accredited college or university, with a minimum of three years experience in a medical setting, preferably in an acute care hospital or dialysis unit. Must have licensure as a Social Worker with the State of Michigan.


Reports to the Director of Dialysis Services.


Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below: __Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs) __Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs) __Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs) __ Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs) __Geriatric (65 yrs & above)


  • Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare.

  • Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

  • Has basic understanding of Relationship-Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.

  • Provides case coordination as part of a multi-disciplinary team to promote effective, safe patient discharge planning.

  • Provides crisis management.

  • Leads and facilitates debriefings as indicated.

  • Helps patients and families understand medical recommendations.

  • Provides social work services to restore optimal social and health adjustment within the patient's capabilities. Assists patient and families in developing and utilizing effective strategies in coping with acute/chronic illness, hospitalization, and treatment. Interacts with patients and their families in the development of a comprehensive and timely plan for discharge from the hospital.

  • Leads and facilitates patient and/or family conferences.

  • Participates in monthly QAPI meetings as defined in Medicare Conditions for Coverage.

  • Maintains knowledge of community resources that can be utilized by patients and families in order to assist with re-entry into the community and to maximize independence and health restoration. Seeks to identify and develop resources within the institution and the community to address unmet patient/family needs.

  • Maintains strict confidentiality and respect for patient/family autonomy.

  • Promotes hospital-wide understanding of the social work role, functions, and principles.

  • Presents educational/training programs regarding social/emotional factors of illness their impact upon patients, families, and health care process.

  • Acts as facilitator for educational/support groups within the hospital and in community settings.

  • Assures compliance with certification and regulatory agencies. Maintains competency by participating regularly in staff meetings, journal clubs, and other mandatory and/or optional hospital-based or community educational opportunities.

  • Meets educational requirements needed to maintain a State of Michigan Social Work License.

  • Practices in accord with National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.