Social Worker
Department Social Services
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift 12 Hour Shift, 8 Hour Shift, Days, Nights, PM, Rotate, Weekends
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

This position will primarily work in the Emergency Room providing mainly crisis and AODA intervention.

The hours for this position are both 8 and 12 hour shifts and cover Days, Nights, PM's and rotating weekends.  This is a .5FTE = 40 hours every two weeks. This is a benefit eligible position. 

Social Workers provide assessment, planning, consulting, education and referral services to Gundersen Health System patients and family members. Social Workers act as consultants and leaders in comprehensive care throughout the system, while supporting organizational strategies and goals.

Job Responsibilities
  • Works in collaboration with interdisciplinary team and community health professionals to sensitize and educate health care providers to the social and emotional aspects of the patient’s illness.

  • Works with healthcare professionals to identify potential patients through screening, consultation, and referrals including education regarding varying levels of health care, community resources, advance directives, and legal proceedings.

  • Uses case management skills to help patients and their families address and problem solve the social, financial and psychological problems related to their health condition. Educate patients and families regarding the levels of care, community resources, advance directives, legal proceedings and roles of their health care team members.

  • Helps patients and families understand the illness and treatment options, as well as consequences of various treatments or treatment refusal.

  • Helps patients and families adjust to hospital admission; possible role changes; emotional/social responses to illness and treatment.

  • Empowers patients and families to communicate with one another and members of the health care team and to advocate for their own needs.

  • Utilizes knowledge and resources to assure appropriate treatment of identified problems and to assist with patient and family referrals. Uses critical and out of box thinking to create successful discharges.

  • Provides emergency assessment and crisis intervention for the patient and family in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and community partners.

  • Provides daily review and documentation of the intervention with the patient/family in the electronic medical record and other forms/screens as dictated by the accepting agency or patient specifics needs.

  • Collects and documents statistical data on case type and develops reports required to be maintained by the health system; with assistance from administrative staff reports to appropriate federal and/or state regulatory agencies; presents report to colleagues, management, and leadership for identification of problem areas.

  • Conducts selves in accordance with NASW Ethics and Code of Conduct towards internal and external customers.

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities.

  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Infant (less than 1 year)
    Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
    Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Geriatric (65 years & older)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required Bachelor's degree in  Social Work or a related human service field 

    Work Experience:
    Required No experience required. 
    Desired 1 year work experience in social services in a hospital, medical clinic, county social service agency or nursing home.
    Required Ability to...
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications patient record systems
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications operate computer
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    Communication excellent oral and written communication skills
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    General - All Positions use listening skills to identify important information in oral communication
    General - All Positions provide excellent customer service to people both inside and outside the organization
    General - All Positions perceive and respond sensitively to the needs of others
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    Leadership work independently: self-disciplined
    Leadership manage conflict
    Leadership legal and regulatory standards
    Leadership decision-making skills
    Leadership problem solve - evaluate, analyze, negotiate and recommend alternatives
    Leadership reach sound logical conclusions based on information at hand; good judgment
    Reasoning/Decision Making have a broad range of interests including concerns for personal, organization and community environment
    Reasoning/Decision Making develop additional knowledge by attending workshops and seminars
    Reasoning/Decision Making appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Desired Ability to...
    Leadership legal and regulatory standards
    License and Certifications
    Required Social Worker licensed in the state(s) of practice 
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Static Standing Rarely (1-5% or .5 hours)
    Walking/Standing Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel
    Climbing Stair
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level
    Reaching - Below Shoulder Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Reaching - Above Shoulder
    Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Grip Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Continually (67-100% or 8 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
    Lifting - Floor to Waist Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Waist to Overhead Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Other Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Long Carry (>50 feet) Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Short Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Right Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Left Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Push/Pull (Static Force) Number of lbs:
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    Environmental Conditions
    Exposed to infectious diseases.

    Social Worker

    Equal Opportunity Employer