Senior Clinical Social Work Supervisor takes on an expanded role
Maxine Klenicki, MSW,
Klenicki, who won the Dr. Norman Sadowsky Award in 2011, recently took on a more expanded role. In addition to supervising medical and surgical social work, her responsibilities also include clinical supervision for the addiction counselors on 6 North. In this role, she will work toward further integrating and coordinating high-quality care across sites and services. "For as long as I’ve been doing this work at BWFH, we have had medical and surgical patients who may also struggle with addiction," says Klenicki. "So this seems like a natural fit," she explains. In addition to participating in interdisciplinary rounds for the ICU and medicine on 6 South and 6 North, Klenicki will attend the addiction team meetings on 6 North.
Even with her expanded role, Klenicki will continue to be the lead clinical social worker for the ICU. "I am passionate about this work and feel strongly about maintaining my clinical role with patients and their families in such a critical setting," says Klenicki. She will also maintain her role as a member of the Ethics Committee, Ethics Consult Service and Schwartz Center Rounds Committee. And she will remain the on-call social worker for the Code Blue team where, she says, "I’m able to assess the emotional needs of the patient’s family during the code."
With time spent in so many areas, the challenge will certainly involve a fast pace with careful time management and the ability to bring together colleagues with diverse approaches. "But I’m a strengths-based clinician and will always work on building on the strengths of those with whom I work," she says.