Career Awareness

Social Worker

 Daily Tasks
Help patients and families with medically-related psychological/environmental problems through assessments, counseling, referrals and guidance during hospitalization and outpatient treatment. Work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and allied health staff to meet the patient needs and optimize access to care.
 
 Skills/Talents
Must have strong communications and human relations skills, ability to interact with a wide variety of people, organizational skills, ability to use good judgment.
 
 Work Setting
Outpatient clinical or hospital setting.
 
 Work Hours
Primarily day shifts, Monday - Friday, with some on-call requirements. Provide 24-hour coverage.
 
 Education
Master's degree in social work from an accredited program with at least one year of supervised practice in a medical setting.
 
 Qualifications
Current state licensure for social work.
 
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, advanced English compositions, psychology, sociology, business/accounting, public speaking, writing skills, second language and human relations
 


Some of the specialty Pediatric and Adult teams that social workers are a part of:

Outpatient
Hematology-Oncology

Neurology
Solid Organ Transplant
HIV/Hemophilia
Transgender/Intersex
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Proton Beam
Developmental Pediatrics
Behavioral Health
Addictions

Inpatient
Trauma

Oncology/Hematology
Orthopedics
Plastics
Obstetrics
Emergency Room
General Medical
Medical Cardiology/Cardiovascular Surgery
Respiratory Care
Psychiatry/Mood Disorders/Adolescents
Neurology/Neuro-Surgery