is the entry into practice requirements? (Such as, undergraduate and graduate
education, training, certification exam, and licensing).
The first step is to obtain a Bachelor
of Science degree in social work or in a field that is closely related to
social work such as Psychology, Sociology, or Child Development. The next step
is to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work. Some states require you to have
a certain amount of hours in supervised clinical experience upon graduation.
Your final step is to take the Social Work Licensure Exam (Human Services
does this profession overlap with the scope of practice of others?
I feel that the profession of Social
Work overlaps with the profession of Nursing. I would choose Nursing because Social
Workers provide emotional support such as active listening or providing
encouragement just like the Nurse does during bedside care. The Social Worker
also connects patients with community resources as the Nurse connects patients to
in-patient hospital resources (Barber, Riffenburgh, & Enguidanos, 2015).
what setting does he/she practice?
There are numerous specialties that the
Social Worker can focus on. These specialties include working with substance
abuse, mental health issues, public health, clinical social work, school social
work, children and family therapy or marriage counseling (Human Services
did you learn that was new about your assigned profession?
I learned that Social Workers play an
important part of patient-centered care. A social worker in a medical team
interacts with the patient and family to help solve social problems in not only
the patient, but also with their families. I also learned in order to work in a
clinical setting, a social worker must obtain a master’s degree and have a
certain number of supervised clinical hours (Parast & Behrouz, 2014). Before
researching my profession, I didn’t realize how much an impact the Social
Worker has on patient-centered care. I thought a Social Worker handed just told
the patient about community and home-based resources that he/she knew were available
to the patient. After researching, I found that Social Workers also provide psychosocial
support to the patient and their families.
does this role contribute to Patient-centered care and the Interprofessional Team?
Social Workers play a critical role in
patient-centered care “considering that forty – fifty percent of hospital
readmissions are linked to psychosocial problems and lack of community
resources and that eighty percent of older adults experience unaddressed social
needs post-discharge” (Barber et al. 2015, p. 3 – 4). Social workers are
trained to connect patients to home-based and community programs, address the
psychosocial and medical needs of the patient and decrease the amount of
fragmented social and health service systems. Providing patient-centered care
includes medically treating the patient while upholding ethical principles and the
patient’s values, and includes providing emotional support and community and
home-based resources to the patient to prevent readmission. Without a Social
Worker part of the interprofessional team, the team cannot fully provide
patient-centered care (Barber et al. 2015).