It is fast paced, emotional, rewarding, and NEVER boring! I work in an emergency department, so I perform psychiatric evaluations and assist the doctors on placing patients into psychiatric facilities; I also respond to hospital codes, provide support as doctors give death notices, link patients to resources, and support the clinical staff during traumas. So, that's what I do in a nutshell. I couldn't imagine doing anything else, to be quite honest. I get to work closely with doctors and nurses and even police, make initial diagnoses, complete petitions for involuntary placement, provide crisis intervention counseling, work together with patients and their families, and see literally just about any population group you can imagine. If you're considering social work, medical is a great place to get your feet wet because you will see everything!
Megan recommends the following next steps:
- Try to shadow a social worker
- Take some human services courses
- Volunteer for a social services agency
- Research BSW/MSW programs
- There are so many field and sub fields of social work! Medical is my niche. Find yours :)