Enthusiastic Social Worker with vast medical social work background. Works effectively with patients and families experiencing medical crises, acting as an advocate and guide as they navigate difficult and emotionally-draining situations.
Missouri Licensed LMSW
Enrolled in supervision working towards LCSW licensure.
Efficient in bio-psychosocial assessments
Knowledgeable of Cerner, Allscripts/ECIN, Sentact, and IDX framework computer software
Age specific and culture sensitive
Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology
Calm under pressure
Medicare and Medicaid applications
Attended Bereavement training
Palliative Care Social WorkerAug 2012 - Current University of Missouri HealthcareColumbia, MO
Perform patient and family bio-psychosocial assessments.
Attend daily interdisciplinary team meetings to review current cases.
Assist in facilitating care meetings with patient and families to clarify goals, expectations, and plans of care.
Coordinate team efforts with health care teams and other staff to ensure smooth discharge plan and clear follow up and continuity post discharge.
Provide interventions based on need (emotional support, crisis intervention, resource information, discharge planning, legal reporting, ethic consultations).
Serve as a community liaison with community hospices, home health care, and nursing homes to ensure care coordination.
Promote education and provide in-services to mulitdisplinary staff members to develop and grow the palliative care program.
Provide pre and post bereavement support to patients and their families.
Provide grief education and literature, emotional support, and memorial keepsakes (if interested) to patients and families.
Advocate and support patient/family autonomy.
Document and maintain accurate patient records and stats.
Medical Social WorkerJul 2002 - Aug 2012 University of Missouri HealthcareColumbia, MO
Experienced in many medical service lines (burn and wound, cardiology and thoracic surgery, general surgery, Emergency Department and Trauma.
Preformed patient and family bio-psychosocial assessments.
Attended Multidiscplinary team rounds weekly and actively participated in the plan of care and discharge planning process.
Developed and implemented discharge plans and post-hospital care with patients and families.
Networked with community agencies and utilized community resourcesto optimize care coordination and continuity of care for patients and their families.
Provided interventions (crisis intervention, emotional and supportive counseling, resource information/referral) to patients and families faced with life altering adjustments due to illness and disability.
Attended staff meetings, in-services, and participated in hospital committee meetings to increase knowledge base and skills.
Documented and maintained patient records and stats.
Financial Social WorkerJun 2003 - Mar 2005 University of Missouri HealthcareColumbia, MO
Assisted uninsured and underinsured patients with the application process for Medicaid and financial assistance.
Worked self-pay census and coordinated daily workload for Family Support Division caseworkers stationed at hospital.
Debilled self-pay insurance and loaded active Medicaid insurance on patients hospital account.
Managed a caseload of patients who had been rejected for Medicaid and counseled them on financial assistance options availablethrough the hospital\'s financial program.
Assisted patients in meeting their Medicaid spenddown accounts by faxing current hospital charges to the Family Support Division caseworkers.
Assisted patients in obtaining assistance with post discharge medications, as well as provided prescription program applications/information and community resources.
Provided referrals to community agencies based on patients and their families immediate need (transportation assistance, meals, shelter).
Master of Social Work: Medical Concentration 2002 University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, MO
Bachelor of Social Work: Social Work2001 Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, MO
Associate of Arts: General1999 Moberly Area Community CollegeMoberly, MO
Team Tracer Training (preparing hospital staff for JCAHO visits) 2016 and 2013
For You Team Training 2015
Crew Training 2015
Jehovah witness In-Service: Bloodless Surgery and Bloodless Medical 2007
CALM Training: Learned self-defense and deescalating technique 2006
Strength for caring: Education and Support for Family Cancer Caregivers 2002
Living with Grief: Loss in Later Life Teleconference 2002
Mid-Missouri Regional Cancer Conference 2002
Advocacy in Practice Training: Building Skills for Serving Battered Women 2001