Social work is an evolving profession and every year new challenges emerge. When December rolls around it is our custom to interview three experienced social workers (one from the East Coast-one from the West Coast-and one from Nebraska) and ask them to share any new themes that may have emerged in their practices.
The country’s psyche has put the pandemic aside. Even with the virus still circulating Americans have put away their masks and come out to play. This ability to quickly recover from even the most devastating traumas marks the American character. We’re always ready to move on to new business.
The goal of social workers is to support their local communities. However, given the incredibly rapid requirements in all areas of their work, from case management, collaboration with stakeholders, to the procedure of client data intake, social workers must take into consideration new procedures, processes, and innovative approaches to the system.
Check out the best practices that social workers can employ to advance their initiatives and impact by utilizing data, encouraging client collaboration, and maximizing outcomes for individuals and communities.
Health care social workers are reporting an uptick in patients complaining of persistent symptoms after recovering from a bout with COVID-19. Social media has already named these unconfirmed diagnoses Long Covid, and the public is beginning to take their own pulse and check fitness stats on their iPhones and Fitbits. Social workers tell us it is too early to scientifically ascertain whether these reported symptoms are an unexpected permanent consequence of the SARS-CoV-2 infection or if the symptoms are a variety of the immediate consequences of COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has presented nonprofit organizations with new and unexpected challenges. To address these challenges, several sectors have redesigned their operations and concentrated their efforts on education and safe pandemic awareness.
They've discovered new ways to dispel myths, validate facts, and disseminate them to other organizations and individuals in a variety of ways. Several organizations that had already implemented case management software were able to continue working remotely while avoiding infection risk.
The COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, killing more than 184,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The post pandemic response to this massacre has been confusion, doubt, and indecision on the part of the elderly and their caregivers about the use of long-term care facilities.
Recent discussions with social workers from six different disciplines around the country centered around the lasting effects this dreadful pandemic has had on their constituents. Everyone agreed that the novel coronavirus and associated diseases have caused unprecedented - disruption.
The COVID-19 doomsday pandemic introduced an entirely new class of celebrity to the American zeitgeist, the public health official. From Anthony Fauci, the wise old sage of caution and mutual concern, to Robert Redfield, the reluctant dour villain caught between the evil genie and an army of helpless victims, to Rochelle Walensky, the newcomer fairy godmother who wished us well and told us it would all end happily, to Vivek Murthy, the good scout who counseled us not to fear the final dangerous crossing. All public health officials - all newly minted celebrities.
Perhaps with the exception of the travel and leisure industry, the pandemic has disrupted education more than any other area of American public life. From university boards to pre-school administrators, everyone is confused and not sure how to proceed. Parents are desperate to understand how they should continue to best educate their children.