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The life of a Social Worker
By: Courtney Cumby
Monday February 27, 2017
Lisa Crank is a hard working lady. Always has a lot on her plate, but somehow gets through each and every crazy day. Lisa is a social worker at Woodstock Nursing Home. Her job consists of her diagnosing and treating mental behavioral, and emotional issues. Lisa helps support families in need of assistance. She helps people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
Today I got to sit down and meet with Lisa Crank and talk about her career. She walked me through a day in her life. She let me watch her in action, while assisting an elderly woman and trying to help her through a difficult situation she was having. It was inspiring watching her help calm the lady down. The way she handles situations like these are truly something.
A typical day for Lisa Crank is her doing assessments to determine people’s cognition. She has meetings throughout the day, and during those meetings she takes notes. She deals with problem solving for family issues. In order to be a successful social worker you need to be a people person, you will need good communication skills, and people skills. Lisa actually had no intention of coming into this field, but she always wanted to help people, so she found an interest in becoming a social worker.
Lisa shared with me how challenging this job can be. She says that it is a challenge everyday to get everything done. There is not enough time in the day to get everything that her crazy schedule consists of. She is very proud of herself for being able to assist with elderly people. A big thing being a social worker has taught Lisa is how to have patients. One of her biggest weakness in her career is time management. She finds that the most difficult part about her job is the people she works with, because they can be very difficult at times.
When Lisa encounters a stressful situation, she takes charge of it immediately. In her free time when she is not working she likes to read, watch her favorite shows, doing crafts, and hanging out with her grandkids. Something that Lisa does not like about her job is the way people treat her. She says that the most interesting part about her job is that everyday is different. Her biggest strengths in regards to her job would be, that she is very task or rented, likes to get things accomplished. She is always on top of everything. She handles criticism very well, just be learning from it.