The social worker I shadowed was at a major hospital Toronto. Basically, she helps patients and families work through the challenges of life and assesses which services the patient may need.
Before the day begins, just like a clinical dietitian and speech pathologist, a social worker meets with doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff for team rounds. During the rounds a doctor may tell a speech pathologist that a patient needs to be seen and the social worker may update the group saying what the patient’s future plans are.
After team rounds, the social worker I shadowed sees the patients she is responsible for (her caseload). I couldn’t sit in on any of her meetings due to the serious nature of her work, but from what she told me the work sounds really emotionally draining. Of course it is also extremely rewarding, but I think I would burnout from dealing with so many sensitive problems.