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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care & Medicine
Social Worker
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Master's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Master's in Social Work.

Minimum Work Experience
1 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
One year post-MSW experience as Social Worker or second year field placement in a complex medical setting.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Excellent communication skills. Ability to relate to divergent patient populations. Sensitivity to individuals from varied backgrounds and cultures. Must be licensed in the District of Columbia at minimum at the LGSW-level, be in the licensed applicant status as a new SW graduate with proof of pending DC licensure or licensed in another state with proof of DC licensure at any level.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Functional Accountabilities

Insures Effective Patient/Family Plan is Developed, Implemented and Documented
  1. Facilitate interventions, based on assessment, family and staff requests, and timeframe.
  2. Facilitate the child protection process of assessment, referral, plan, and implementation, if appropriate.
  3. Provide follow-up services as appropriate and assesses outcome of interventions.
  4. Document assessment and interventions in the patient’s medical record, in accordance with departmental standards.
  5. Provide comprehensive psychosocial assessment for identified patients and families
  6. Develop plan for intervention based on assessment.
  7. Use range of communication skills to assist patients, families and staff to address care needs and complex issues.
Insures Effective Multidisciplinary Communication Established Surrounding Patient/Family
  1. Educate staff about psychosocial issues impacting treatment plans.
  2. Organize patient care conferences when complex issues arise.
  3. Participate in team meetings to address general and specific patient care issues.
  4. Facilitate the discharge planning process by working with Case Management staff, nursing staff, and physicians.
  5. Communicate with relevant hospital staff about patient care issues to insure continuity of care.
  6. Advocate for patient and family needs within the hospital system.
Identifies, Utilizes, and Recommends Appropriate External Resources to Meet Patient/Family needs
  1. Research appropriate resources to assist families to care for their children at home.
  2. Share information with relevant agencies, respecting patient/family confidentiality.
  3. Maintain positive and effective referral relationships with community agencies and professional organizations.
  4. Advocate for patient/family needs within the community.
Removes Complex Barriers to Achieving Optimal Patient/Family Outcome
  1. Intervene in complex situations involving patient care needs, communication problems, or systems issues.
  2. Research appropriate solutions within the hospital or in the community.
  3. Mediate conflictual situations, collaborating with other staff as appropriate.
  4. Provide assistance to patients, families, and staff, while maintaining respect for boundaries and set appropriate limits.
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Contributes to Furthering Professional Environment & Standards
  1. Meet with supervisor for regular supervision, prepare agenda and discuss areas of concern.
  2. Participate in Family Service meetings and clinic departmental staff meetings.
  3. Meet all departmental requirements for chart recording statistics, and other professional documentation and submits documents in a timely manner.
  4. Participate in departmental performance improvement activities
  5. Complete required continuing education courses to maintain license status.
  6. Practice in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics.
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.