Transplant careers

Social Worker-Transplant

Website University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives

Position Summary: Provide direct social work services including assessment, treatment, interventions and recommendations to facilitate movement through the continuum of care to adult solid organ transplant patients and their families. They will participate in and provide the social work perspective to interdisciplinary activities as well as provide social work treatment, individually or in groups, to patients and their families with complex emotional or social problems throughout all phases of transplant from initial assessment to post-transplant care.


Position Responsibilities:

·         Develops and implements plan of care, responsive to patient/family concerns, health care status, available resources, age‑specific problems, and clinical impressions.

·         Develops and facilitates groups for transplant patients and/or significant others as appropriate.  Provides therapy, educational, and/or support group services reflecting transplant diagnosis‑ and age‑related issues.  Develops working relationship with patient and/or family (e.g., engagement, collaboration, advocacy, problem solving, etc.) Assesses patient and family understanding of transplantation or Mechanical Circulatory Support Device, such as LVAD and required follow-up care and receptiveness to transplant or Mechanical Circulatory Device, such as LVAD counseling, education and teaching.

·         Provides information, consultation and professional support to interdisciplinary team members. Identifies person‑in‑environment issues for team members including assessment of patient adherence/self-management with medications, medical advice, medical appointments and general health surveillance.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a cover letter and resume to requisition #19003434 on


Requirements: Master’s degree with a major concentration in social work, 6 months-1 year of clinical social work experience, a license to practice social work in Iowa and excellent written and verbal communication skills


Desirable Qualifications: Recent experience with adult transplant, or Mechanical Circulatory Support Devise, and or dialysis patients and families including referrals, assessment criteria, knowledge of resources and specific psychosocial needs. Familiarity and demonstrated skills in performing therapeutic assessment and counseling for the adult transplant patient population. Familiarity with end stage renal disease (ESRD) regulations.  Some familiarity with social work undergraduate education. Social work experience in a health care setting with the appropriate patient population and their families.  Experience with identifying and navigating financial resources, including insurance coverage options, changes related to the federal and state health programs, and the disability process.  Experience working with community resources, home healthcare, nursing facilities and other options available for patients in outpatient settings.  Experience in a fast paced, high volume work environment.  Care coordination experience or case management skills in a health care setting as part of an interdisciplinary team including experience utilizing an electronic medical record to assist with management of non-adherence, post-care follow-up and referrals to appropriate resources

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