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Looking for challenging, yet rewarding work? Norton Sound Health Corporation has the best job you’ve ever had serving the people of Alaska’s Bering Strait region as a Medical Social Worker. We offer competitive salaries, generous compensation packages, loan repayment program eligibility and a generous Hiring Bonus!
Job Description (Medical Social Worker):
Provide psycho-social assessments and social services to people of all ages; Counsel and aid patients and/or families to help the patient understand and accept medical recommendations; Assess and treat non-medical problems interfering with effective patient care; May work on a medical or psychiatric unit and provide group and family therapy and discharge planning.
Essential Functions (Medical Social Worker):
Provide medical social work services to patients of all ages, including the patients located in the Inpatient Unit, Outpatient Clinic and village clinics via telephone, walk-in patients and to staff
Provide child and adult protective services assistance and consultation to staff and patients
Respond to requests for medical social work services, including case management, discharge planning, nursing home/assisted living placements, risk management, crisis intervention, care coordination, resource identification and referral made by physicians, nurses or administration
Provide medical social work services, including assessments, participation in care conferences, case management, discharge planning, etc., to the residents of our long-term care facility in the absence of the Social Services Manager
Assist in locating community resources for clients
Provide bereavement support, including burial assistance resources and grief counseling
Specific knowledge is listed below:
Knowledge of the psycho-social diagnostic processes of assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation
Knowledge of legal aspects of protective services, legal representation options for patients, confidentiality and patient/resident rights
Ability to effectively document patient interventions in the medical record
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Minimum Requirements (Medical Social Worker):
Alaska Social Worker License (LSW). Master’s degree in Social Work or related field and 2 years’ experience in medical social work, child protection or adult protection services or related field.
Norton Sound Health Corporation, based in Nome, Alaska, was founded in 1970 to serve the health care needs of the Inupiat, Siberian Yupik, and Yup’ik people of the Bering Strait region of northwest Alaska.A non-profit consortium of 20 tribes, NSHC was one of the first Native health organizations in the country to assume complete responsibility for medical care of the people it serves. Our board of... directors is composed of consumers, most of whom are chosen by the 20 tribal governments in the region.The Bering Strait region is a 44,000-square-mile area that extends to the Russian border in the Bering Sea. About 81 percent of the region’s 9,200 people are Alaska Natives.NSHC operates Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, the hub city of the region with 3,500 residents. We also operate clinics in 15 Alaska Native villages scattered on the coast and islands of the Bering Sea. Few jobs are available in the villages. Many people continue to lead a traditional subsistence lifestyle, supplementing hunting, fishing and gathering with seasonal or part-time employment.Central to the mission of NSHC is putting our patients first. We are a tribal organization that exists to serve our people. In addition to treating the health problems of the region, NSHC partners with individuals and communities to prevent these health problems. We also focus on protecting our environment, on developing our organization and its financial strength, and on encouraging the people of this region to become involved in health care careers.Norton Sound Health CorporationEmployee BenefitsBereavement Leave is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees upon hire. Eligible employees will receive up to five (5) paid days of leave when a death occurs in the employee’s immediate family. Part-time employees receive bereavement leave on a pro-rated basis.Extended Illness/Subsistence Leave is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees (part-time employees receive extended illness on a pro-rated basis). Extended illness leave is accrued from date of hire and is accessible after 90 days. If an employee or immediate family member has a disability/illness lasting more than 3 working days, extended illness is used on the 4th day. Immediate access is available for employee to assist immediate family member for medical care out of their community or region. Subsistence leave is 40 hours per calendar year using extended illness. The accrual rate for extended illness/subsistence leave is 1.54 hours per pay period or 40 hours every year.Flex Leave is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees (part-time employees receive flex leave on a pro-rated basis). Flex leave is accrued from date of hire and is available after 90 days. Flex Leave is accrued per the following: years of service, 0-1, 5.54, hours (18 days per yr.), 1 year or more, 7.08 (23 days per yr.), etc. Flex leave may be accumulated to a maximum number of 300 hours per year. Excess hours will be zeroed the beginning of each fiscal year (September 30).Holiday Pay is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees (part-time employees receive holiday on a pro-rated basis) on the first day the employee becomes a REGULAR employee. The holidays are: New Year's, President's Day, Seward's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Employee's Birthday.Jury Duty Pay is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees serving on jury duty during a regularly scheduled shift. The employee must turn over a jury duty slip and any pay received from the court to NSHC.Automated Banking is available to all employees from date of hire as an opportunity to utilize direct deposit for checking or savings through the payroll deduction plan with approved banking institutions. Social Security is available to all employees from date of hire for retirement and/or disability benefits.Unemployment Compensation for temporary income payments is available to all employees after date of termination if employee meets eligibility requirements.Worker’s Compensation for medical care and/or compensation for work related illness or injury, is available to all employees from the date of hire. Claims are subject to review and approval by the Worker's Compensation Board.Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. AD&D is equal to 2 ½ times the annual regular earnings to a maximum of $250,000. Scheduled benefit payments will be made in the case of dismemberment. NSHC pays the premiums and coverage begins at the first of the month following one full month of service.Funeral Benefit is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. Funeral benefit pays $1000 towards the funeral costs.Life Insurance is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. Life insurance is equal to 2 ½times the annual regular earnings to a maximum of $250,000. NSHC pays the premiums. The coverage begins the first of the month following one full month of service.Medical Insurance is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. Eligible dependents will receive medical, dental and vision coverage as well. The coverage begins at the first of the month following one full month of service. Double Coverage is available if both spouses are working for NSHC in a part-time to full-time status. Cost to employee per pay period is $8, employee and child(ren) $16, employee and spouse $17, family $25. Deductible per calendar year is $150.00 for single employees and $450 for family.Travel Accident Insurance is available to all employees, Board of Directors, Commissioned Officers and temporary duty personnel (TDY) from their date of hire or appointment. It is calculated by the annual regular earnings with a minimum benefit of $50,000 and a maximum benefit of $90,000. Benefits are paid to the beneficiary if accidental death occurs while traveling on NSHC business.Short-term Disability Insurance is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees who are disabled due to accident or illness. Sixty (60) percent of the employee’s regular earnings is paid to a maximum of $500 per week. Benefits began the 14th day of accidental injury or illness. NSHC pays the premiums and coverage begins at the first of the month following one full month of service.Long-term Disability Insurance is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees who are disabled for more than 26 weeks. Sixty (60) percent of the employee’s regular earnings is paid to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Benefits begin on the 181st day of disability. Benefits are payable to the age of 65 (if disabled prior to age 59) or recovery, whichever comes first.American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC) is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. AFLAC is guaranteed-renewable insurance. The option of receiving cash payments directly. Full policy benefits regardless of any other insurance. Personal control over benefit dollars to help cover leftover medical expenses, living costs and loss of income. Individual ownership – probable and guaranteed-renewable at the same payroll rate.Money Purchase Pension Plan is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR and relief employees who have completed a 12-month waiting period. All eligible employees enter the plan on a quarterly basis. Contribution equal to 7% of the employee’s annual earning is reportable for Federal Income Tax purposes (including overtime and bonuses) are made quarterly. The employee is 100% vested after five (5) years of service. NSHC pays the premiums. This plan also sponsors a TSA program (see explanation below on TSAs).Tax Sheltered Annuity Plans are available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees. This is an opportunity for employees to participate in a pre-tax, long-term savings program through a pre-tax salary reduction plan. The employee pays the premiums and all costs on a bi-weekly payroll deduction.Employee Assistance Program is available to all employees from date of hire. New Direction is a toll-free telephone resource and referral service available to the employees and their family 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Employees discuss concerns with a counselor and receive immediate assistance or will be referred to a specialist. NSHC pays the premiums.Recreation Center and Swimming Pool Pass is available to part-time .625 to full-time REGULAR employees on the date of hire. NSHC pays the cost for this benefit.Military Leave is available to all full and part-time REGULAR employees who are active Military Personnel. Eligible employees may receive supplementary pay if their military pay is less than the employee's regular base pay. The purpose is for tours of duty that are two weeks or less. (Part-time employees receive military leave on a pro-rated basis). Unpaid leave of absence will be granted for tours of duty in excess of two weeks.