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Working As A Discharge Planner

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Discharge Planner Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* As part of the Care Coordination team, works under the direction of Clinical Care Coordination in collaboration with physicians in:
* Assessing and counseling patients/families admitted to the assigned clinical unit who are in need of psychosocial counseling.
* Consistently acts as a patient advocate to assure appropriate care is received.
* Maintains patient confidentiality and communicates in a professional manner at all times.
* Developing discharge plans on complex discharges based upon a thorough needs assessment, including patient/family needs, capabilities, limitations, and availability of community resources.
* Coordination of DME for complex discharges.
* Communicating via written documentation on the clinical record and through verbal discussions, any pertinent information on case status that ensures team understanding of patient’s circumstances relative to achieving the goals of the treatment plan and discharge plan.
* Making referrals to appropriate agencies, as needed, to ensure comprehensive treatments are received in the community following discharge.
* Assessing financial status to determine eligibility for benefits relative to the patient’s needs.
* Consistently exploring financial alternatives with the patient/family.
* Participating and contributing in a positive manner in multidisciplinary patient care conferences, committees, team meetings, etc.
* Participating on hospital committees and/or teams as requested or appointed by the department manager or director.
* Providing discharge planning services to patients and supporting departmental staff in implementing the hospital’s discharge planning process

What Does A Discharge Planner Do At Codac Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

* The position is responsible, but not exclusive, for the following:
* Initiates discharge plans for new and recent admissions.
* Provides all appropriate Notices of Action/ Notice of Decision documentation (when applicable).
* Responsible for all documentation necessary to complete an intake on Members newly enrolled and the Members currently existing with CODAC.
* This all includes: the Consent for Care and Treatment, Primary Care Physician Coordination forms and any Release of information forms, the entire CORE Assessment, ISP, Crisis Plan, Review of Progress, Legal and Substance abuse history, etc.
* Proactive discharge assessment by assessing the specific post discharge bio-psychosocial and medical needs of the Member prior to discharge.
* This process shall include the involvement and participation of the Member and representative(s), as applicable.
* The Member and representative(s) must be provided with the written discharge plan instructions and recommendations identifying resources, referrals, and possible interventions to meet the Member’s assessed and anticipated needs after discharge
* These requirements apply also to the ITDP (Inpatient Treatment and Discharge Plan), in accordance with the 9 AAC 21, Article 3.
* Communicates with members’ adult recovery team and site staff regarding member’s admission and appropriate discharge planning, transfers records to member’s site, as appropriate.
* Interacts with hospital discharge planner, inpatient prescribers, and other appropriate hospital staff regarding initiation and progress of discharge plans.
* Reviews and takes additional necessary steps to assure progress of discharge plans for CODAC members.
* Communicates with members’ adult recovery team and site staff regarding post-discharge needs, appointment schedules and other necessary supports.
* With this, the ability to coordinate and facilitate an adult recovery team meeting.
* Coordinates with medical records staff to obtain medical information from members’ records.
* In collaboration with members’ adult recovery team and site staff, prepares outpatient court ordered treatment plan for presentation to the courts.
* When appropriate, develops aftercare plan with members’ adult recovery team, prior to reentry into the community.
* Coordinates transition of care with the members’ adult recovery team and site staff.
* Ensures that hospital discharge summary is sent to appropriate site medical records department.
* Providing appropriate post discharge community referrals and resources or scheduling follow up appointments with the Member’s primary care provider and/or other outpatient healthcare providers within 7 days or sooner of discharge;
* Coordinates transfers to transitional sites, as appropriate.
* On call for hospital enrollments and arrives within 24 hours of notification.
* Performs other related duties in accordance with agency growth and changes

What Does A Discharge Planner Do At Absolut Care

Provides orientation to long term care facility and services rendered, to residents and family members

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How To Become A Discharge Planner

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Substance Abuse Counselor Social Worker Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services Program Director Career Coordinator
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Admissions Coordinator Intake Coordinator Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Clinical Manager Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Service Coordinator Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Clinical Social Worker Clinical Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Service Director Nursing Director
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Career Coordinator Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Program Director Home Health Aid
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services Therapist Clinical Coordinator
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Clinical Supervisor Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Admissions Coordinator Registrar Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Real Discharge Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Discharge Planner High Point Regional Health System High Point, NC Sep 05, 2012 $45,831
Social Worker/Discharge Planner Sapphire Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing of Central Queens LLC NY Oct 01, 2015 $42,000
Social Worker/Discharge Planner FMNH, LLC NY Oct 01, 2012 $42,000
Discharge Planner High Point Regional Hospital System High Point, NC Aug 06, 2015 $37,816 -
Discharge Planner High Point Regional Health System High Point, NC Sep 04, 2015 $37,566 -

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Top Discharge Planner Skills

  1. Discharge Planning Services
  2. Psychosocial Assessments
  3. Care Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided case management and discharge planning services to inpatient Veterans at the San Francisco VA.
  • Completed psychosocial assessments, developed treatment plans, coordinated case management and discharge planning.
  • Discharge services included nursing home placement and home care planning for all departments within hospital.
  • Perform psycho/social intake assessments and brief crisis intervention, while assessing the need for a higher level of care.
  • Collaborated with physicians and interdisciplinary health care team members to discuss, develop and implement treatment and discharge plans.

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