Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Acute Medicine/Critical Care) in North Chicago, Illinois
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- North Chicago, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (21 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1816158
Current, permanent, civilian employee of the FHCC, VA, or Other Federal Agency, should apply under announcement #:*DK-16-JM-1816139-BU*.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!
This position is located within the INPATIENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility. Additionally, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest single provider of graduate medical education training sites in the U.S., with as many as one-third of the nation's resident physicians receiving part or all of their training in VA health care facilities. The Lovell FHCC supports this tradition through our various affiliations.
For additional information, click on http://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp..
VA encourages persons with*disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.*
The inpatient social worker will serve the Acute Medicine and Critical Care Units in the Inpatient Services Directorate, located at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The incumbent will be part of a comprehensive team facilitating appropriate delivery of care to Veterans, Active Duty or Tricare patients during their stay. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Perform interviews to establish professional rapport with patients, their families and caregivers, maintaining effective therapeutic relationships.
- Independently complete comprehensive psychosocial assessments in keeping with patient treatment needs, professional and regulatory standards, local policies, clinical impressions and planning recommendations.
- Provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
- Independently case find and prioritize patient needs per policy
- Independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals.
- Assist patients with completion of Advance Directives and Living Wills.
- Assist patients and their families in dealing with life limiting illness and provide education and assistance with advance care planning, hospice/palliative care, and community resources.
- Develop and implement treatment plans.
- Actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, participate through collaboration with patients and family, as well as, the interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of treatment goals and interventions.
- Coordinate discharge planning of hospitalized patients beginning on the day of admission and address unique needs of the patient.
- Coordinate communication with appropriate stakeholders on all pertinent patient information to ensure effective transition to other levels of care.
- Coordinate transportation for eligible patients.
- Coordinate care with other VA and non-VA resources to assure continuity of care.
- Conduct periodic follow-up of patients in an effort to address current situation coping.
- Provide information and education to patients, their families and caregivers to help assure that the ongoing medical, emotional, and social needs are met.
- Independently make use of guidelines in a creative flexible manner and use sound judgment in selecting techniques or introducing new practices and methods.
- As needed/when requested participate on committees; supervise social work students; participate in professional development activities, and provide orientation and coaching to new social workers.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Required to work some weekends. Functional Statement Title/#: Inpatient Services, Acute Medicine/Critical Care Social Worker.
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Applicants must possess a Master's Degree in Social Work, from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education(CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
- Licensure.Applicants must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
- Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
- English Proficiency.To serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-9 Social Worker:GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs:
NOTE:Social Workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience.
Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds, this requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment.
Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.
Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
*GS-11 Social Worker: *Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of one(1) year of post-MSW degree experience, in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
A doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology
Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50 PART II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary however, some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items such as files, papers and books to other areas of the facility may be required.
What To Expect Next
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.**
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $53,717.00 to $84,489.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0185-00/00
Promotion Potential: 11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452252000
Job Announcement Number: DK-16-JM-1816158-BU