Competency 6

Competency 6:   Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Social workers use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate their own practice, and use research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery. Social workers comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge. Social workers

• use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry and

• use research evidence to inform practice.

How I demonstrate my competency learning:

I developed a macro change process during my internship experience. This was probably the most challenging project I have ever completed. It was time-consuming, stressful, and required much writing. When I first began my change process I thought, “This will be a piece of cake!” Little did I know I would soon be swallowing my own words. The change process is not as simple as it sounds. Even a small change requires commitment. It’s easy to pull people apart, but hard to pull people together. Fortunately, I had a supportive social work team and they helped me along the way. I created a nursing home informational packet which was created for patients who will be discharged to a nursing home, but don’t know much about nursing homes. Through survey responses and patient interaction the need for a nursing home informational packet was present. This packet will help patients and family members become more knowledgeable with general information about nursing homes to help them transition safely from the hospital to a nursing home of their choice.

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