Essay on Social Work As A Profession

791 Words Feb 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Social work as a profession is a very broad field, which ranges from mental health, law, education etc. One of the most prominent and growing areas in the field is medical social work. According to the NASW, social workers in hospitals and medical centers provide frontline services to patients with conditions spanning the entire healthcare continuum. Medical social work includes settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers etc. Within these settings, the social worker not only works with other social workers but also with an interdisciplinary team. The team consists of other professionals including doctors, nurses, dieticians etc. that work to improve the health and well-being of a patient. Throughout history, we’ve known social workers as being “friendly visitors”, activists etc. So now we question the rise of medical social work, where did it begin? In the year 1905, the first social worker was hired in an outpatient clinic. Ida commented, “He was presenting the idea of social service within the hospital where sick patients, although separation from their homes and families, nevertheless cannot separate themselves from their personal problems (mghpcs.org).” In order to work in a certain field, there are certain credentials one must meet and to work as a medical social worker in New York State typically you must need a Masters in social work as well as licensure. A few hospitals might hire you upon receiving your masters degree, but…

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