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Social Worker- Oncology- Full time- Pennsylvania Hospital

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Job ID: 132629
Category: Social Work
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: May 6, 2022
Work Schedule: Days

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


  • Responsible for discharge planning and contributing to the patient's treatment plan through and understanding of social, psychological and/or environmental needs related to the impact of illness and need for hospitalization. Professional activities will be carried out in accordance with the code of ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers.

Unit Description:

The Emergency Department (ED) at Pennsylvania Hospital, located in the historic district of downtown Philadelphia, is a 29 bed unit that sees over 36,000 visits annually. Although not a Level One Trauma Center, the ED treats a diverse patient population in virtually all specialties.

The ED focuses on performance improvement and evidenced-based practice to provide the best possible care. In 2018, the ED was awarded the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award. This award is given to only one percent of emergency departments nationally and recognizes exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research. The Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency Department is the first hospital in Philadelphia to earn such a prestigious designation.

Staff at all levels actively participate in unit councils, shared governance and various committees, always striving to provide the most compassionate, quality care possible. From our care delivery model of modified primary care, through our professional practice model of Relationship-Based Care (RBC), the department is proud of our excellent work. Whether it involves a family crisis or a cut finger, our staff always stays focused on the patients and their families’ immediate needs. The ED contributed several sources of evidence to the Magnet document, assisting the hospital in becoming Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2018.


  • Coordinates the discharge planning process to ensure a safe and timely transition from hospital to home, community, or institutional setting.
  • Collaborates and cooperates with other members of the interdisciplinary health care team to ensure continuity of care.
  • Identifies and attends to the psychological needs of patients and families.
  • Provides counseling to patients, families and groups.
  • Responsible for documentation in the medical record, statistics and reports as required.
  • Facilitates legal matters, financial entitlements and complies with grants and contracts when applicable.
  • Maintains relationships with community agencies and keeps up-to-date on resources.
  • Uses effective interpersonal skills in all interactions
  • Enhances own professional development and maintains formal and informal continuing education for self improvement.


  • Licensed Social Worker
  • MSW or LSW preferred.

Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Master of Arts or Science (Required)
  • Master's Degree in Social Work and 0-1 years Health Care experience in field instruction and/or employment in a health care setting required.

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

Live Your Life's Work

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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