Texas Oncology is seeking qualified Medical Social Worker candidates for our busy Round Rock Cancer Center. Under general supervision, provides counseling services to patients requiring emotional and psychosocial assistance. Provides knowledge of agencies and organizations offering emotional, physical, social, and financial services to patients and families. Supports and adheres to the US Oncology Compliance Program, to include the Code of Ethics and Business Standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: -Meets with patients and their families for psychosocial needs assessment and examines social support, appropriate community resources, and coping mechanisms. -Documents all communication accurately and appropriately. -Provides psychological support to patients and families. Provides support to clinic patients and their families during hospitalizations. -Provides follow-up counseling on an ongoing basis. Acts as a patient/family advocate in negotiating the health care system. -Develops and maintains support groups to enhance the quality of care to patients and their families. Provides information to patients and families regarding resources both in local communities and those geographically distant, i.e. those patients contemplating procedures in other cities, BMT, etc. -Facilitates team support of identified patient and family needs through ongoing communication with clinic team members. -Provides education to patients and clinic staff regarding skills and knowledge specific to the role of a mental health worker in a medical practice. Develops and maintains working relationships with community agencies, health care organizations, and other providers to promote a broad base of support for patients and families. -Coordinates support groups with local agencies and health care providers to prevent duplication of services and to better address the needs of the patient population. -Provides speaking services to groups and organizations to facilitate public understanding of the emotional component of the cancer experience. Facilitates employee support groups as needed. -Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific differences in the patient population that include late adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and the elderly. This includes physiological, psychological, and developmental differences unique to each group. -Participates in quality improvement activities. May oversee the activities of staff providing coordination of Social Services. -If and only as needed, performs the following duties: completes patient disability forms, maintains indigent patient drug program, and maintains knowledge of insurance reimbursement issues.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in social work from an accredited university. Minimum three to five years experience as a licensed social worker, oncology experience preferred. Appropriate state licensure required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires exposure to communicable diseases, medical preparations, and other conditions common to an oncology/hematology clinic environment. Requires frequent interaction with patients and families, physicians and clinic staff, and external agencies and organizations. The US Oncology Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: MCKEA00877870
About New York Oncology Hematology
New York Oncology Hematology (NYOH) is the leading provider of community-based cancer care and blood disorder services. With seven convenient locations in Albany, Amsterdam, Clifton Park in Saratoga County, Hudson, Rexford and Troy, our team of 32 physicians and 350 cancer care specialists see more than 100,000 cancer visits a year.
NYOH has always been at the forefront of cancer care. More than 30 years ago, we began as the region’s first oncology practice in a community setting (outside a hospital). A few years later, we offered the first radiation treatment outside a hospital setting.
Today, we continue our commitment of providing world class care, close to home. We offer the region’s largest clinical research and drug trial operation, only stem cell transplant program and only neuro-oncology care. We recently brought the first Varian Truebeam Radiotherapy System to our new practice: Clifton Park in Saratoga County.
Our medical staff includes 32 board certified physicians who specialize in the care of patients with cancer (medical oncology and radiation oncology) and blood-related disorders (hematology). With a patient care team of more than 350 oncology certified nurse...s, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, radiation therapists and support personnel, we are able to provide the personal level of care our patients need during treatment.