As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
Responsible for assisting the patient and family in adjusting to the child’s diagnosis and treatment plan and helping the patient and family to function optimally throughout the treatment process. Also assists the family in maximizing utilization of the health care system and links them with the appropriate services necessary to meet their needs.
Additionally, serves as the psychosocial leader on the treatment team, providing psychosocial assessment and recommendations for patients. Consults and collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues involved either directly or indirectly with the case and treatment of patients and their families. Collaborates with community organizations and businesses including schools, parent groups, non-profit organizations and financial institutions regarding childhood illnesses and their impact on patients and families.
The incumbent will assess and provide information and facilitate referrals to community, private, state and federal agencies based on psychosocial needs.
Additional miscellaneous duties and responsibilities, as may be assigned from time to time by employee’s supervisor.
Conducts a psychosocial assessment for each individual/family assigned. The assessment should identify patient and family strengths, coping styles and problem areas within the context of their diagnostic, social, financial, cultural and psychological situation.
Assists families in integrating the medical, social and emotional dynamics of the disease/treatment into the context of their current life situation.
Documents social work interactions in the EMR in a timely manner.
Coordination and linkage with community resources and agencies relative to health, crisis intervention, disability, schools, etc.
Provides support for patients and their families assisting with emotional, personal, psychological, and socioeconomic factors along with adjustment to illness issues. This includes the entire spectrum from diagnosis, throughout the treatment phase, as well as the bereavement process, if necessary.
Provides ongoing coordination of services to assist children with long term chronic illnesses in managing the impact of the illness through the various phases of childhood, adolescence and/or transition into adulthood.
Responds to the needs of culturally diverse and socially, intellectually or physically challenged patients.
Provides consultation for physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to address psychosocial needs in the context of adjustment to the illness, treatment, and treatment adherence.
Establishes and maintains appropriate interpersonal boundaries with patient and family.
Participates in staff meetings, interdisciplinary patient rounding including weekly rounding, daily pre-rounding and post-rounding as appropriate.
Plans with families for psychosocial support that promotes treatment adherence as well as considers appropriate utilization of resources.
Collaborates with community organizations including schools, community service agencies, diagnosis specific / pediatric community agencies, and other health related organizations as appropriate.
Participates in meetings and conferences appropriate to the social worker’s clinic or department.
Conducts seminars and makes public presentations to community organizations and businesses including schools, parent groups, and financial institutions regarding pediatric illnesses and its impact on patients and families.
Participates in psychosocial research as appropriate.
Communication skills: full engagement in conversations with patients and providers, utilizing active listening to connect and problem-solve
Emotional Intelligence: includes having high levels of self-awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to others
Organization: providing psychosocial support requires a great deal of organization and the ability to prioritize according to the urgency of a client’s needs
Empathy: ability to imagine oneself in someone else’s situation and to feel some of what that person may be experiencing
Critical Thinking: Being able to think on your feet and to think critically and creatively
Cultural Competence: approaching clients who are from different racial, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnic communities with respect and openness
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential
Previous experience in hospital or healthcare setting is preferred. Also experience with using electronic medical records and documenting social work notes in same.
***Interested applicants- please include a cover letter with your application***
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.