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Social Worker - Outpatient Hospice

at Tucson Medical Center

Posted: 2/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 19616

Job Description

Social Worker - Outpatient Hospice
Job CategoryProfessional
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift

Adult and pediatric patients are cared for as outpatients in their place of residence with access to a hospice nurse 24/7.  We provide a care team that includes RNs, social workers, chaplains and providers.  Additionally we have comprehensive volunteer services and a bereavement program.  We also have a pediatric hospice program and provide hospice services in the Benson area. The RN to patient ratio for our outpatient program is 1:12.

SUMMARY:
Interviews patients and relatives to obtain social history relevant to patient's medical problems and assess bereavement risk relative to anticipatory grief and family members needs post death. Assists patients with environmental difficulties that interfere with obtaining maximum benefits from medical care.  Serves as liaison between medical and nursing staffs, patients, relatives, and appropriate outside agencies.  Interprets and assists in resolving social problems that relate to medical condition and/or hospitalization.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Interviews patients and family members to obtain information about home environment, family relationships, health history, and patient’s personality traits.

Plans, organizes, directs and schedules spiritual programs and services that meet the needs of patients/families, hospital employees, and medical staff.

Consults with hospital staff regarding hospital ministry; collaborates with members of the hospital care team in identifying and resolving problems. 

Acts as a liaison between patient, family, and hospital staff during periods of crisis, e.g. illness, dying, lengthy or difficult surgery.

Bereavement Program:

Assists in developing and implementing the patient’s/family member care plan. Provides individual and group counseling, follows up on critical incident briefings to doctors, ER and support staff.   Provides home counseling if needed, follow up telephone calls and referrals if needed.  Develops education component for volunteer training and annual hospice foundation teleconference, prepares and implements all logistics for program needs.  Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Services or related field and experience in individual and group counseling.

Assists in developing and implementing the patient’s care plan.

Helps develop and implements initial and continuing care plans.

Interprets nature of illness and prescribed course of treatment to patients and families; communicates family issues to other staff members; participates in planning conferences.

Plans for needed care with nurse practitioner, physician, patient, and family. 

Introduces programs designed to meet the needs of the elderly after discharge and make appropriate referrals and arrangements for services.

Acts as liaison between medical/nursing staff, patients, families, and community, arranging for post-discharge care and patient’s transportation.

Maintains current, accurate documentation in the client’s medical record

Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.

Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION:  Master’s degree in Social Work or a related field.

EXPERIENCE:  Two (2) years of social work experience; preferably in an acute care setting.

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: HeartSaver First Aid/CPR certification required. Must be certified as one or more of the following: Licensed Professional Counselor, Social Worker, Registered Nurse, Professional Counselor, Licensed independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Valid AZ fingerprint clearance card may be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques used to garner personal and health information to better assist patient.

  • Skill in assessing socio-economic factors that might hinder a patient from getting the best care.

  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.

  • Ability to write simple correspondence.

  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

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