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Social Worker-DUH PRN

Regular PRN (Per Diem) Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 220094
Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Provide psychosocial assessments, information, intervention, anddischarge planning to patients and families to assist them in copingwith their hospitalization, illness, diagnosis, and/or lif e situationand meet the continuing needs of patients post hospitalizatio n.

Work Performed

Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identifyemotional, social, and environmental s trengths and problems related totheir diagnosis, illness, treatment, and /orlife situation.Formulate, develop, and implement a plan utilizing app ropriatesocialwork interventions.Collaborate with the health care team a nd involve the patient/family inthe development and implementation of pl ans. Facilitate dischargeplanning across a multidisciplinary care contin uum which includesinteracting with consulting physicians, third party pa yer and otherhealth care providers to facilitate movement of the patient through thesystem and arrangement of an appropriate discharge plan.Provide education and interventions to patients and families to enhanceor re store the capacity for social functioning.Maintain working knowledge ofa nd liaison with community agencies;provide information about and linkage s to appropriate communityservices; participate in area activities rela ted to health and socialservices as appropriate.Under the supervision of a LCSW, assist with screening, identificationand management of victimso f abuse, neglect, domestic violence, rape,etc. Make referrals as appropriate and serves as resource for the healthcare team.May participate inon -call or after-hours coverage.Document findings, plan, and actions taken according to departmentalguidelines and standards.Participate and repre sent social work perspective in multidisciplinaryteams, rounds, etc.Main tain a working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues thatimpacton p atient care, e.g., advance directives, child and elder abuse.Serve as a patient advocate. Maintain records and statistics inaccordance withdepar tment policies. Attend and participate in staff,committee, department, a nd other administrative meetings.Participate in department and hospital continuous quality improvementefforts.Keep current with social workand h ealth care developments and seek toincrease further enhancement ofjob re lated knowledge.Provide education to other health care professionals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and v erbal communication skills.Strong interpersonal skills; ability to colla borate well.Solid knowledge of social work practice: strong assessment, interviewand counseling skills.Self directed; ability to work independen tly; ability tomulti-taskAbility to prioritize work assignments and mana ge timeefficiently.Strong knowledge of governmental and privateorganizat ions and community resources.Basic computer skills

Level Cha racteristics


Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a minimum of a Bachelors in Social Work from CSWE accredited school of social work. Masters of social work from an accredited school of social work.


One or more years experience in health care setting or social agency; can include social workinternship.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications


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