Social Worker-Emergency Department (Part Time)

UnityPoint Health St. Lukes

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Emergency Administration
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Part Time Benefits


Description of Position:

Provide a “snapshot” or the principal purpose or focus of the position, consisting of no more than three to five sentences.  This summary should provide enough information to differentiate the major function and activities of the position from those of other positions.

The Medical Social Worker, a Master’s or Bachelor’s  prepared health care professional, is responsible for the delivery of specific departmental services and for carrying out the philosophy and objectives established by Administration and the Board of Directors.  Foremost among these responsibilities are the following: l) delivery of competent and timely professional services that are in accordance with overall institutional goals and policies and social work ethical commitments; 2)  the process of assisting in alleviating social and environmental problems; and 3) participation in the development of professional team objectives.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

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Key Accountability

·         Ensures that social and emotional needs of individuals or groups are met through counseling in collaboration with patients and health professionals.

·         Demonstrates advanced social work knowledge and competency.

·         Provides direct services for patients/families exhibiting psychosocial needs.

·         Collaborates with hospital staff to complete social history/assessment information as needed.

·         Participates with hospital staff on an interdisciplinary and professional basis and assists in planning, implementing and evaluating a patient’s plan of care.

·         Demonstrates flexibility and self-direction in meeting patient and unit needs by responding as a team player.

·         Assesses and provides for educational opportunities for patients, families, and other healthcare team members based on adult teaching-learning concepts and health literacy principles.


Key Accountability

·         Maintains quality of care related to the hospital’s expectation for quality discharge planning services.

·         Assesses patient/family discharge needs upon referral or by case finding.

·         Provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments relevant to the hospital treatment services.

·         Continually expands own knowledge and other staff on current resources available.

·         Clearly communicates discharge planning concerns in a timely manner.

·         Documents patient discharge plan in a centralized area in the electronic medical record.

·         Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, healthcare team members and other customers.  Verbal communication is clear and precise.  Written communication is done in a timely manner using approved abbreviations.

·         Handoffs are done with attention to detail and with safety as a high priority.

·         Ensures continuity of care with internal patient transfers through verbal report from Patient Care Coordinator to Social Worker and verbal or written report from to Social Worker to Social Worker.


Key Accountability

·         Provides professional leadership through compliance with established department routines, policies and procedures.  

·         Assists in creating a positive work environment that contributes to safety and positive clinical outcomes.  Supports recruitment and retention of staff to ensure an adequate workforce for clinical care.

·         Establishes professional competence through the processes of continuing education, clinical reporting and in-services.

·         Evidences ability to apply professional judgement when working with patients and families.

·         Reviews reports and adjusts practices in the social service area in order to meet necessary regulatory and legal standards.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





·         Master of Social Work preferred or Bachelor with equivalent experience.

·         Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.





·         The Social Worker must have graduated from an accredited school of social work.







·         Possesses an Iowa Social Work license, an LBSW, LMSW, or LISW or eligible to receive license.







·         Understands the concepts of discharge planning, levels of care, payment systems and insurance requirements.

·         May participate in appropriate professional organizations.





·         Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.


Job ID: 75568

Posted 12 days ago

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