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Burn/Trauma Social Worker, Trauma Institute

Company: UofL Health
Location: Louisville
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

We are Hiring at -
Location: University Hospital, 520 South Jackson St, Louisville, KY 40202
Shift Options: - Full Time, 1st shift

About Us
UofL Health is a fully integrated regional academic health system with seven hospitals, four medical centers, nearly 200 physician practice locations, more than 700 providers, the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute and the Brown Cancer Center.

With more than 12,000 team members-physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and other highly skilled health care professionals-UofL Health is focused on one mission: delivering patient-centered care to each and every patient each and every day.

Our Mission
As an academic health care system, we will transform the health of the communities we serve through compassionate, innovative, patient-centered care.

The Trauma Program/Burn Program social worker provides information and referral services, counseling, needs assessments, screenings, discharge planning for special populations, and the coordination of outpatient services which meet the health-related needs of the traumatically and/or burn injured patient of all ages, adolescent (12-18 years), adult (19-65 years), and geriatric (66-older), in an acute care and outpatient setting. - The major functions include assessing, planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring, educating, and evaluating care. - The trauma program/burn program social worker will be responsible for keeping vital data to reflect intervention impacts and will present at interdisciplinary monthly meetings as requested. The trauma program/burn program social worker identifies tools, resources, skills, and education to support trauma/burn patients with mental illness, transitional needs, and substance abuse disorders, with the ultimate goal of providing support and intervention to improve mental health and stability. The trauma program/burn program social worker interacts with physicians, residents, medical students, nursing staff, staff from other departments/services involved in patient care, as well as with providers and community agency representatives. This position is in conjunction with a multifaceted social support program for trauma patients at UofL Hospital and will be essential to our holistic care approach.

  • Provides crisis intervention, supportive individual and group counseling, and patient advocacy to enhance patient and family ability to cope with psycho-social effects of traumatic injuries/hospitalization
  • Meets with patients and/or family members at the bedside to provide psychosocial support during various stages of disease processes, including death and dying
  • Utilizes social work methods to help patient and family cope with very emotionally demanding issues (i.e. - loss of patient's limb, substance abuse, loss of functional abilities, grief and loss, financial stressors; burn program social worker will assist to cope with disfiguring burn and/or wound injuries and subsequent hypertrophic scarring)
  • Evaluates trauma and/or burn departmental products, procedures, and services systematically to ensure continuing effectiveness and to identify needed improvements; evaluation includes data collection to evaluate effectiveness of brief intervention and other screening tools and identify gaps or opportunities for growth
  • Provides substance abuse and trauma/burn-specific education/outreach/resources to co-workers, hospital and medical staff, and the community to provide information about Trauma/Burn Program functions, social services-related concepts and services, and community resources
  • Identifies risk issues with trauma/burn/wound patients accurately and implements procedures which appropriately address risk concerns (APS, CPS, MIW, duty to warn, etc.)'; utilizes proper methods to assess whether presence of domestic violence is related to patient's admission to the hospital and intervenes accordingly
  • Supervises undergraduate and graduate students, as assigned, and collaborative programs affiliated with University of Louisville Hospital and surrounding educational institutions
  • With trauma MD guidance, conducts family conferences routinely, especially for complex family situations or patients with complex or special needs; utilizes social work tools and skills to participate in the resolution and mediation of disagreements and conflicts within family/social systems as they arise in the hospital setting
  • In collaboration with the Trauma Program Director/Burn Program Director and Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, will establish, coordinate, and maintain the Trauma Survivor network and Burn Survivor network and other patient support services included in the American Trauma Society and American Burn Association
  • In collaboration with Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, will establish, coordinate, and maintain Youth Anti-Violence Program and other community Injury Prevention programs
  • Performs required assessments for pediatric patients
  • For special population trauma/burn patients will work in collaboration with Care Coordination to assist with needs assessment to develop appropriate discharge/care management plan that will result in best possible outcomes; uses social work screening tools and information from multiple interdisciplinary sources to develop an appropriate plan
  • Participates in trauma and/or burn interdisciplinary rounds; offers information attained from psychosocial assessment to overcome barriers to treatment in the patient's social environment and emotional wellbeing to support the treatment efficacy provided in the hospital
  • In collaboration with Addiction Program SW, per the American College of Surgeons criteria (ACS), will conduct brief interventions for trauma/burn patients identified as being admitted for illness/injury related to drug/alcohol abuse and referral/transition to substance abuse treatment agencies when patients agree to treatment
  • Additional responsibilities of the Burn Program social worker: - pursue continuing education by participation in departmental or hospital-wide inservice programs, or in classes, workshops, or local, regional, or national conferences; in collaboration with the Burn Program will establish, coordinate, and maintain the Youth Arson Prevention Program (Stay Safe), and other community Burn and Fire Injury Prevention programs; conduct behavioral health screening tools in acute and outpatient settings

    Other Functions:

    • Pursues continuing education by participation in departmental or hospital-wide in-service programs, or in classes, workshops, or conferences.

      • Maintains compliance with all company policies, procedures and standards of conduct
      • Complies with HIPAA privacy and security requirements to maintain confidentiality at all times
      • Performs other duties as assigned

        Education: -

        • Master of Social Work (MSW or MSSW) (required)


          • Prior experience in Hospital or Healthcare social work (preferred)


            • Certified Social Worker (CSW) for Kentucky (required)


Keywords: UofL Health, Louisville , Burn/Trauma Social Worker, Trauma Institute, Healthcare , Louisville, Kentucky

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