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New Social Worker Way More Social Than She is a Worker

NEW YORK, NY – It hasn’t taken long for health care providers at Mount Sinai Hospital to realize that Amanda Johnson, a new social worker hired just last month, is way more social than she is a worker.  Many of her colleagues believe this might be the understatement of the year.

social worker“Don’t get me wrong, she’s very, very nice,” said physician assistant Jim Firestone, biting his tongue, which is now bleeding and falling off.  “But all she does is gossip, gossip, gossip.  Nothing ever gets done.  Literally nothing.”

According to sources close to GomerBlog, Johnson has yet to successfully facilitate a discharge home or to a post-acute care facility such as a nursing home, rehabilitation (acute or subacute), long-term acute care, psychiatric facility, or inpatient hospice.

As one anonymous co-worker put it, “She has been impressively unimpressive.”

“She’s really up to date on the Kardashians, the Bachelorette, stuff like that,” said nurse Kathryn Roberts, her five patients still awaiting nursing home placement.  “But these patients are going nowhere fast.  She knows she’s supposed to do some work, right?”

In four weeks, Johnson’s accomplishments can be listed on zero hands.  In fact, a patient discharged last week is still waiting for a cab voucher home.

“Boy oh boy, I’m so tired,” said Johnson as she let out a monstrous yawn while checking her email both online and on her phone.  When our GomerBlog team asked her how she thought she was performing, Johnson was quick to respond.  “I don’t know about me, but what I can tell you is that Mike the tech was checking out one of the nurses on the second floor even though his girlfriend is pregnant.  Can you believe it?  What a pig!”

Director of Social Services at Mount Sinai Steven Rush is looking into matters.  (Regarding Johnson, not that pig Mike.)

“Once I asked her how she was doing and she proceeded to hand me her patient list as she walked away and took a nice long lunch,” said Rush, realizing that he might have made a big mistake.  “She did say she had a great pizza lunch in New Haven.  Wait, she’s all the way in New Haven?  Damn it, Amanda!  You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Until Johnson becomes more productive or another new social worker is hired, Mount Sinai will remain on permanent diversion.

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    Laura Frohboese Msw Lcsw

    Wow I don’t have enough time to chit chat & don’t really want to watch TV drama after 12 hours in the ED! For some real SW humor, check out my cartoon book about SW life: http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Social-Worker-Know-Youre/dp/1503114716

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    Steve Roshia Jr.

    Sorry ma cho two completely different jobs a nurse is not a sw a sw is not a nurse

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    Thalia C. Jennings

    And the only thing that offends me are people who call themselves social workers who have no degree or training in said profession.

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    Thalia C. Jennings

    I wear my white coat. Proudly. Am a social worker and an RN.

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    Thalia C. Jennings

    Could have been funnier actually. I am a social worker with 29 yrs in discharge planning and I love satire. Thanks to everyone who appreciates all that social workers do. Every. Day.

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    Mark Robison

    Swing and a miss, folks.

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    Katesel Strimbeck

    False. PTs do.

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    Steve Peterson

    Karen Misty Catherine Dixie

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    Mark Moran

    Haha thats what I also say – “I’m Mark the social worker…..more social than worker though” haha

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    Luke Emerson

    Angie Newburn good thing you’re not like this

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    Caitlin Wolowski

    Bahanhahaha

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    Steve Roshia Jr.

    Thats where im going with this. Parallel lines do not cross.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    Financial/insurance matters? Meh, I don’t do much of that. Maybe give people resources on where to apply. My hospital has financial workers for that. I assess people with suicidal and homicidal ideation, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Provide crisis interventions, counseling and referrals. Grief and loss, family conflict, you name it. Drug and ETOH, yup. We are clinical professionals. I agree we should not be taking telephone orders for RNs, never saw that happen even once. Sure that person was out of line. RNs obviously are front line with patients and provide lots of comfort and support, but they are not trained in the things we are trained in either! Just saying.

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    Steve Roshia Jr.

    You gotta admit barb that that sw im talking about was way out of line and believe you me i turf cog evals, and financial/insurance matters to sw all day long i want no part of that

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    Manik Aggarwal

    Hahahahaha Lauren Jacobwitz Scher

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    Barbara Woodworth

    I hear what you are saying. We have RNs who wear purple scrubs, which happen to be the same color as the gowns in which we place our patients on psych holds. ;) So that can make for some mix ups. As far as PTs having Doctoral degrees, that is great. Most of the ones I know have Master’s degrees. In the profession of clinical social work the MSW is considered the “terminal practice degree” which means that we can be licensed independent clinical professionals. Getting a DSW or PhD is specifically if the SW wants to go into research and academia. So there’s that!

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    David Campbell

    Couple things: one of the biggest reasons I’d prefer they didn’t wear whitecoats is I see a lot of patients with dementia who see whitecoats and get further confused because they’re in new place and no one, despite all the white coats, seems to be “their doctor”. Secondly, most PTs have a clinical doctorate and are granted whitecoats because of that. I would know because I am a DPT. I don’t wear a whitecoat because it’s impractical for transfers and the patient’s orientation to staff and facility is more important than any injury to my pride.

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    Travis Coats

    Lots of really easily offended people on here!

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    Barbara Woodworth

    Some PTs wear white coats, David. Are you okay with that? Seems like we are all advanced clinical professionals.

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    Samantha Pearl

    Really? How superficial can it get!? If that is actually something that is bothersome to you, I would suggest refocusing some of that energy towards pt care and not a stupid lab coat.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    Perhaps, Dr. Meg Cristofalo might want to respond to Justin’s comment about research!

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    Barbara Woodworth

    All I hear is crickets from him. Thought he had so many facts to share?

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    Amy Dodgion

    I think Justin Hamlin is annoying.

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    Samantha Pearl

    I would as well as it sounds like you are very familiar with the profession of clinical social work. I would love to relay them to the countless patients I have seen for years in psychotherapy. I would also wonder if you want to relay the facts to the families I counsel every single day in the ICU when MDs consult with my team to have the discussions they “don’t have time for ” or consider not to be within their scope of practice. I’m always fascinated with people who speak with such authority on topics they clearly have no idea what what they are saying.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    I have also been a licensed clinical social worker since before you entered medical school. And unless your specialty is psychiatry (looks like it is family medicine) I am pretty sure you know jack about mental health. How much training did you get? A couple of classes and a psychiatry rotation? You work at an urgent care? I work in the ED, and I work as a partner with my ED physicians. We work as a team, but every psychiatric patient is assessed by us.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    I would love to hear the “facts” of which you speak.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    Please. I come from a family of physicians. Your arrogant attitude does not intimidate me in the least.

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    Erin Bevan

    Wow, Justin. So glad I’m not part of your team!

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    Justin Hamlin

    You can deny facts all you want, Barbara. Facts are stubborn things. They remain true whether YOU like them or not. Social workers know enough behavioral science to be dangerous, at best. That’s it.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    That’s hilarious, Justin. Actually I have years of training in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. Many MSWs and DSWs do research actually, not sure why you would think otherwise. And it looks like you are trained as a physician? So how would you know what clinical social work training comprises?

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    Barbara Woodworth

    In some hospitals they want clinical social workers to wear white coats. In my hospital we are expected to dress professionally, as would a physician, as we are also advanced professionals. I don’t wear a white coat, but I know some old school folks that do. Fine by me.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    We sure are! ;)

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    Barbara Woodworth

    Hear hear!

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    Barbara Woodworth

    I expect better from GomerBlog. I am a clinical social worker in an Emergency Department, and we do quite a lot, including psychiatric assessments and crisis intervention counseling. Our colleagues on the “floors” may do more discharge planning but they too are clinically trained and work hard with some of the most challenging patients. I have a sense of humor, don’t worry. But I think there is a funnier satire to be written here. It would be interesting if you looked at how medical and nursing staff often try to get social workers to do menial tasks, or refer cases to them inappropriately. I could go on. I think it would be funny if social workers did not already feel undervalued in hospital settings. We do have graduate degrees, after all!

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    Justin Hamlin

    Sorry Barbara, but you don’t know what you don’t know. The FACT is that social workers have little to no psychology training, despite what you all claim. In any case, you don’t have nearly half enough to be licensed to do any clinical behavioral science, or even to do research. The reason you are able to be licensed to, is a testament to special interest lobbying power.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    We are trained and licensed similarly to psychologists. The main things psychologists are trained in that isn’t as much in the clinical social work domain is psychometric testing.

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    Barbara Woodworth

    I am okay with nurses so long as they stick to their nurse job description. When they think they are a social worker it gets ugly. ;)

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    Melissa Chapman

    I’ve never heard of this blog, so didn’t know.

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    Amanda King

    Melissa. Its a satirical blog. Its supposed to be funny….

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    Melissa Chapman

    I feel like this can’t be real…not because it couldn’t happen, but who would do research only to write such a stupid blog.

    As far as social workers being social. I talk about unrelated stuff at work too. I deal with backgrounds of kids that most people would put their fingers in their ears and sing lalalalalalalala if they had to listen to it. We have to have our moments of release with the things we see everyday.

    But still, the writer of that must of had a slow day to feel the need to try to make social workers look bad with a poorly written story. :) just my thought

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    Zeyn Suliman

    Rae Flanagan

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    Amanda King

    Melissa Chapman Sandy Guzman

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    Renata Danileyko

    Kerry Sweeney-Zarkowsky hilarious.. As are the comments to this article.

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    Robin Torch

    Huh, I hope they can fit “pompous asshole, md” on your white coat.

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    Steve Roshia Jr.

    Years ago i heard of a sw taking telephone orders and had at least 2 doctors under the impression she was a nurse she eventually got reported and walked out

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    Samantha T

    what an embarrassment for your blog.

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    Ma Cho

    Frankly most of the good social workers know more than some nurses. The product these schools and orientation put out today is sad…

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    Ginny Moullet

    Wayne Pollard :D

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    Audrey Phillips

    Oh! Haha I didn’t know that!

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    Daniela Janelle

    Aida Velasco

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    Celia Joyce

    Wow people are rude on here Colin Wilson don’t make me paranoid!!!

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    Samantha Pearl

    Wow this is hysterical. Almost as hilarious as the arrogant, elitist person who wrote this. I suppose the white coat is really inappropriate when performing such trivial tasks as an unworthy social worker. And boy are they overpayed. I really hope we aren’t getting in the way of providing the counseling, resources for housing, healthcare and

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    Amber McGee

    No, it’s a satire site

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    David Andrew

    We had a social worker at a hospital I worked at who kicked ass. Told the losers in no undcertain terms to fuck off.

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    Christie Dudenhefer Bozzelle

    Tracey Genova Dudenhefer

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    David Campbell

    I only get annoyed with social workers when they wear white coats. Other than that, they’re a very important part of the team.

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    David Sone

    Ma Ma Cho your old lady?

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    Justin Hamlin

    Social workers are annoying. They wear doctor’s white coats inappropriately more than any other profession. They think they’re psychologists. They try to encroach on every other profession’s scope of practice, without any education in said scopes. Yet they militantly protect their scope and professional title from encroachment by anyone. SMH

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    Nathaniel Allen

    Our social workers and discharge planners kick ass. Jennifer Fenton. Roynan Gonzalez. Ester Ibarbia

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    Jessica Dew Hip

    Nathaniel Veronica Charlin

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    Colleen Begley

    Marge Fagan Begley Tubby?

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    Audrey Phillips

    Is this supposed to be some sort of hint?!?!

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    Courtney Simpkins

    Carrie Bea

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    Amy J. Wambsganss

    Not funny at all. Total miss on satire and insulting to social workers everywhere

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    Steve Roshia Jr.

    Im ok with social workers so long as they stick to their social work job description. When they think they are a nurse it gets ugly

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    Michelle Kent

    Mark Moran

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    Lucas English

    Sorry, this one was a miss. Our social worker is awesome. Don’t know what we’d do without her.

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    Dana Trakas

    Lol. So I hear. Oh how it’s that 4970.

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    Sam Ferguson

    Dana duh I know. I just thought of the party office. Now equipped with a seasonal depression lamp that burns out your retinas…

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    Kathleen Livaudais Simoneaux

    Wow this is what you came up with for social workers? Bummer– I was really hoping for something good.

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    Dana Trakas

    Jordan Call

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    Dana Trakas

    Ummmm. I’m an RN. Lol. This is pretty funny though.

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    Colin Wilson

    Celia Joyce this is totally not you.

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    Susan Labate Follrod

    Lol

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    Amber McGee

    Audrey Phillips

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    Sam Ferguson

    Dana Trakas lol

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    Ray Lane

    Social workers are the devil….

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