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Social Worker MSW - Full-Time

  • Requisition # 2024-140932
  • ShiftDay
  • StatusFull Time with Benefits


Our team members are the heart of what makes us better. At Hackensack Meridian Health we help our patients live better, healthier lives — and we help one another to succeed. With a culture rooted in connection and collaboration, our employees are team members. Here, competitive benefits are just the beginning. It’s also about how we support one another and how we show up for our community. Together, we keep getting better - advancing our mission to transform healthcare and serve as a leader of positive change.

The Social Worker MSW in Continuing Care is a member of the healthcare team and is responsible for coordinating, communicating, and facilitating the clinical progression of the patient's treatment and discharge plan. Accountable for a designated patient caseload; the Social Work, MSW assesses, plans, and facilitates with patients, families and the multidisciplinary team to meet treatment goals, expected length of stay, and arrange for the appropriate next level of care. This role oversees interfacility transitions and handoff between acute and post-acute services as well as follows the state of New Jersey regulations for Social Work.


A day in the life of a Social Worker MSW at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:


1. Assesses patients by screening for potential discharge needs regardless of race, age, sex, religion, diagnosis and ability to pay. Meets directly with patient/family to assess needs and develop an individualized care plan in collaboration with the physician and other members of the health care team.
2. Facilitates communication and coordination between members of the health care team and involves the patient and family in the decision making process, in order to minimize fragmentation of services, manage resources and remove barriers to the plan of care.
3. Maintains current information of community resources and refers patients to those community resources appropriate for the patient¿s care. Consults with other community agencies and committees to identify potential resources to support patients and their families.
4. Works collaboratively with all team members of the multidisciplinary and post acute care teams to secure timely and appropriate transitions to the next level of care.
5. Develops a discharge plan, in collaboration with the patient and support persons, identifying goals that will provide maximum benefit for each patient. Ensures that the discharge plan meets the continuing care needs of the patient.
6. Documents and communicates information to the multidisciplinary team in order to coordinate and maximize care. Ensures that the medical record reflects the education provided, coordination of services, referrals made and authorizations obtained.
7. Participates actively on appropriate committees, workgroups, and or meetings.
8. Identifies and refers quality issues for review to the Quality Management Program.
9. Participates in multidisciplinary rounds, specific to assigned units. Brings forth issues which impact on discharge as well as length of stay in a timely manner, for discussion and resolution.
10. Performs appropriate reassessments and evaluates progress against care goals and the plan of care and revises plans, as needed.  Ensures that the medical record reflects reassessment of the discharge plan at least weekly and upon any change in medical condition affecting the plan.
11. Provides patients and families with resources and discharge options. Educates regarding the risks and benefits of discharge options and any available health care benefits.
12. Provides appropriate CMS documents to the patient and family/support person as per regulatory guidelines (ie., Important Message 4 to 48 hours prior to discharge, appeal and HINN notices)
13. Utilizes social determinants of health screening tools and resources during each intake assessment.
14. Collaborates with all members of the multidisciplinary team to support the following functions; crisis intervention, counseling support and referrals, abuse and neglect reporting, adoption planning, guardianship, psychosocial assessments, observation management, capacity management, hospital throughput.
15. Referrals should be made to the following as required/needed:
A. Acute rehabilitation facilities
B. Sub- Acute rehabilitation facilities
C. Long Term Care facilities
D. Assisted Living facilities
E. Adult day program
F. Level 1/Level 2 PASRR screening
G. EARC screening
H. Home Care
I. Hospice
J. Durable medical equipment
K. Transport
L. Dialysis
M. Financial assistance
N. Medication assistance
O. Palliative Care
P. Boarding home placement
Q. Mental health services
R. Homelessness placement
S. Substance abuse placement
T. Division of Child Protection and Permanency
U. Adult Protective Services
16. Maintains annual competencies and ensures training and continuing education of the team in applicable platforms. (Epic, Xsolis Cortex, BI, Google Suites)
17. Adheres to the Medical Center¿s Organization Competencies and the Standard of Behavior.
18. Other duties as assigned



Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  1. Master's Degree, Social Work
  2. Effective decision-making skills, demonstration of creativity in problem-solving, and influential leadership skills.
  3. Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  4. Moderate to expert computer skills, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite platforms
  5. Familiar with hospital resources, community resources, and utilization management

Licenses and Certifications Required:

1. New Jersey Licensed Social Worker
2. BLS within 3 months of hire


Licenses and Certifications Preferred:
  1. Case Management Certification (ACM or CCM)


If you feel the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

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At Hackensack Meridian Health, we help our patients live better, healthier lives – and we help one another succeed. Here, competitive benefits are just the beginning. It’s also about how our team members support one another and how we show up for our community. Together, we’re ready to transform health care and advance our mission to serve as a leader of positive change.


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