Social Worker I

Mercy Medical Center


This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing our patients and their families support and resources to manage the many psychosocial aspects of illness. A social worker works with patients and their identified support system to access the needed resources to cope with illness and life changes triggered by illness. This may include referral to needed community resources, assistance in applying for financial assistance programs or the provision of supportive counseling in coping with illness and the life changes resulting from illness.

Job Duties

  • Ensure that all accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome.
  • Assesses patient/family social, emotional and economic factors through initial assessment and ongoing evaluation/assessment and reassessment.
  • Serves as a resource to the patient/family assisting them with accessing appropriate resources to address concerns/needs.
  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary team meetings advocating for the patient and educating team regarding psychosocial issues impacting ability to cope with health care concerns and safely preparing for care transitions/discharge planning.
  • Documents in the medical record accurately, timely and in accordance with professional and department-specific standards.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and an ability to work effectively with the community professionals/agencies providing patient services throughout the continuum of care.
  • Maintains current knowledge of community and other resource networks for planning/provision to meet patients' needs.
  • Performs supportive counseling services and crisis intervention to patients and families.
  • Demonstrates skills in advocacy for all populations served.
  • Follows Mercy's safety guidelines, carries out job-specific safety duties and responsibilities, and promptly reports any unsafe conditions, situations, incidents and injuries.

Department Specific Duties

  • Demonstrates an ability to de-escalate patient situation utilizing therapeutic interventions.
  • Provides psychosocial support to improve quality of life.
  • Facilitates critical discussions about goals of care, code status, transitions of care with patient/family.
  • Makes scheduled home visits in accordance with department specific guidelines to assist patient/families with psychosocial concerns related to health care condition.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Demonstrates critical thinking when assessing and assisting patients and their families in managing health care needs.
  • Upholds the required legal standards for reporting situations, including child/dependent adult abuse, and domestic violence.
  • Keyboarding and able to work with multiple computer software programs.

Professional Experience

  • Social Work experience in a Health Care setting is preferred


  • Bachelors degree is required, strongly prefer Bachelors in Social Work.
  • Bachelors in a related area i.e. psychology, human services may be considered.

Licensure, Certification, Registration

  • Social Work licensure preferred
  • Current and valid driver's license, own transportation and automobile insurance required.
  • Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse/Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required.  Employee must submit certification of completed training to Human Resources prior to start or transfer date.

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Palliative Care
Schedule: Full Time, Day, Monday-Friday 8-4:30 pm

Job ID: 81919

Posted 16 days ago

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