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Become A Long Term Care Social Worker

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Working As A Long Term Care Social Worker

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $43,170

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Long Term Care Social Worker does

  • nurse to medication administration and treatment nurse.
  • Performed detailed data entry into an Excel spreadsheet of all telephone calls received.
  • Drug Interactions and Psychotropic Drugs Presented to the Nursing Home Service Council,
  • Attended Care Plan meetings for residents and their families.
  • Demonstrated solid communication skills toward consulting with and monitoring prescriptions with healthcare teams.
  • Maintain patient medical records for ongoing treatment per PV medical record guidelines.
  • Ensured long term care facilities complied with state and federal regulations.
  • Collaborate with the administrator and facility staff to improve quality of life for residents.
  • Educate directors of nursing, RN supervisors, and charge nurses on hospice appropriateness.
  • Manage and oversee three pharmacy technicians and pharmacy delivery personnel.
  • Assisted attorneys with impact litigation on Medicaid home care and other public benefits.
  • Supervised and trained 15 volunteer Ombudsmen.
  • Maintained compliance of MDS and DOH policies and procedures.
  • Performed direct patient care aimed at increasing comfort.
  • Monitored vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse.
  • Provide customer service to long-term care facilities.
  • Advocated for residents and families within long-term care facilities.
  • Promoted resident-directed care (culture change) initiatives at care facilities.
  • Arrange emergency visits when needed by the LTC facility.
  • Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Warren, R. I.

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How To Become A Long Term Care Social Worker

Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires completing an approved educational program. LPNs and LVNs also must have a license.

Education

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, prospective LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). In all states, they must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN. For more information on the NCLEX-PN examination and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

LPNs and LVNs may choose to become certified through professional associations in areas such as gerontology and IV therapy. Certifications show that an LPN or LVN has an advanced level of knowledge about a specific subject.

In addition, employers may prefer to hire candidates who are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Compassion. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.

Detail oriented. LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.

Interpersonal skills. Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.

Patience. Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Speaking skills. It is important that LPNs and LVNs be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

Advancement

With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses may advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare occupations. For example, an LPN may complete a LPN to RN education program to become a registered nurse.

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Top Skills for A Long Term Care Social Worker

Long-TermCareFacilitiesEnsureCompliancePharmacyTechniciansIVSafeEnvironmentMedicaidMedicalRecordsDirectPatientCareCarePlanLTCCustomerServiceHospiceOmbudsmanProgramFederalRegulationsFacilityStaffVitalSignsSuperviseMedicationAdministrationDataEntryMDS

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Top Long Term Care Social Worker Skills

  1. Long-Term Care Facilities
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Pharmacy Technicians
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided medications in response to prescriptions received from contracted long-term care facilities.
  • Implement and ensure compliance of rules and regulations set forth by the Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Department of Medicaid.
  • Supervised pharmacy technicians and worked closely with delivery and accounting departments for account maintenance.
  • Developed and presented training program at statewide ombudsman training meeting on effective family councils and Medicaid services for nursing home residents.
  • Maintained a clean, healthy and safe environment.

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