UCLA Alumni Profile: Brian Wren MSW '10, Medical Social Worker

UCLA Alumni Profile: Brian Wren MSW '10, Medical Social Worker



my name is Brian Ranma clinical social worker at Providence st. joseph´s in Burbank I think that when people hear social worker they think specifically people that work with the children Family Services and they think falsely that social workers are there to take away children or as a punitive sort of thing you know if you do something wrong then the social worker has to come and see you and that's just the misunderstanding ideally were there to be a resource for people and to be a support for people when they're having difficulty in their lives there's barriers in their lives for us to remove those barriers to get them to where they want to be here at st. Joe's specifically we work with patients that have really high psychosocial needs by which I mean if there's mental illness that is becoming a problem in their life we can step in and assess them and see if there's any resources or anything that we can do to help connect them to places that can assist them with that homelessness is also another thing that we we work a lot with if somebody comes in and they don't have a residence to go to once they're discharged we work with them to find a safe discharge plan for them any sort of abuse situations that come into the hospital whether it's children or an elder adult or anybody that's any sort of vulnerable dependent adult if there's signs that they might be getting abused by somebody that should be caring for them in their lives that's a time that we would step in and assess them and see what's going on and see if we can't amend that situation well Hospital social work particularly I think one of the more challenging things is just trying to incorporate many different professional philosophies for patient care together and everybody in different departments and different backgrounds have different ideas for what's most important in patient care so as opposed to a nurse whose main concern is going to be getting the patient physically stabilized our main concern is going to be where that patient is going to go after they leave here if they're homeless where are they going to live if they have some sort of mental health problems where they can get treatment for that the rewarding aspects are way more evident than the challenging parts I really enjoy the interaction with people that I get to have on a day-to-day basis and just the way that somebody can be in a in a bad place right at this moment and just a little bit of a nudge from me and a very small intervention or a small interaction can really make a large change on the 'greater trajectory of their lives I would definitely encourage students to pursue social work it can be challenging but it's definitely something that brings me back day after day

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