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MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Daily Tasks
Help patients and families with medically-related psychological/environmental problems through assessments, counseling, referrals and guidance during hospitalization and outpatient treatment. Work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and allied health staff to meet the patient needs and optimize access to care.
Skills/Talents
Must have strong communications and human relations skills, ability to interact with a wide variety of people, organizational skills, ability to use good judgment.
Work Setting
Outpatient clinical or hospital setting.
Work Hours
Primarily day shifts, Monday - Friday, with some on-call requirements. Provide 24-hour coverage.
Education
Master's degree in social work from an accredited program with at least one year of supervised practice in a medical setting.
Qualifications
Current Minnesota licensure for social work.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, advanced English compositions, psychology, sociology, business/accounting, public speaking, writing skills, second language and human relations
Minnesota Median Salary
$26.63/hour ($55,603/yr)
Medical Social Worker
REAL LIFE
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