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Medical Social Worker

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in a major hospital. In the social worker profession there are certainly many duds, but I am happy here. I work with families who have a hard time navigating the health system, whether it be due to mental health or substance abuse issues, lack of transportation to get to the hospital, or being overwhelmed at everything there is to do regarding being a caregiver or patient. My job consists of in person and phone support. Most people think of social workers as children services workers, who investigate abuse — and although there are many of those as well — there are a ton of other social workers out there.


I'm new, but today I had an interesting call. It was a car vs. motorcycle accident. The guy on the motorcycle was rear ended and bounced head first off the car. He was unconscious and had snoring respiration. We had to get him air lifted out. The scene was chaotic and intense. But our lead paramedic finally broke the tension and said "he has snoring respirations, but I hear a patent airway." And immediately, the entire crews' nerves seemed to calm down and it got easy. It really made me want to become the best paramedic I could possibly be, so I could learn to handle an intense situation the way that medic did. Every day I feel like I'm just a kid that got a shot at joining the Justice League.