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September 2010
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Editor’s E-Note

Social workers in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities will especially appreciate this month’s E-News Exclusive. It addresses the lack of clarity and subsequent undervaluing of the social worker’s role in these facilities. The writer, herself a director of social services in a long-term care facility, observes a general lack of understanding and acceptance of the importance of hiring individuals formally trained and educated in the field of social work to work in the social services department.

This issue is not exclusive to long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities.
There are many other settings in which the role of social services in not clearly understood and appreciated. Consequently, administrators may believe it is appropriate to hire individuals without a social work degree to do the job of a social worker. It has happened for years and will likely continue to happen in a still-recovering economy.

As social workers, you can help alleviate this mistaken belief by using every opportunity, not only during National Professional Social Work Month, to talk about what you do, how you do it, what your training has taught you, and most importantly the value you bring to any setting in which social workers are employed. If administrators or potential employers are unclear about this, it is up to you to educate them about why the profession you chose is unique and valuable and why the job demands and deserves the training and education of a social worker.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive

And This Is Social Services…
By Andrekka J. Lanier, LMSW, MPA

A well-groomed young woman with a pleasant demeanor at a long-term care (LTC) facility gives a brief synopsis of what the facility has to offer. With a reassuring smile, she takes an anxious family on a tour of the facility. Each department is described and vital information is shared, such as activities, nursing-to-staff ratio, shift differentials, special programs, and community partnerships.

Then she rounds the corner, comes to a small room, and says, “And this is social services.” The family curiously awaits a deeper explanation as to what social services is and the functions it provides. However, as is the case in many skilled nursing facilities, the social services departmental functions are unknown or unclear to those outside the department who may simply describe the social worker’s role as “discharge planning, finding clothes and stuff, or they take care of your psychosocial needs.”

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  1. A social worker who has gone above and beyond his or her job description to make an extraordinary difference for his or her clients, community, or employer
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Unconventional Help For Veterans and Families
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Rate of Illegal Drug Use Rises
A government report shows highest drug use rate in nearly a decade, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Researchers Still Finding Long-Term Impact of 9/11
Researchers continue to study and document the long-term physical and mental health effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to The Miami Herald.

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