Serves as an integral member of a self-directed interdisciplinary palliative care team. Provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments, coordination and implantation of age appropriate social work services to meet the complex needs of patients/families/significant others in the hospital and ambulatory settings. The primary focus of the Palliative Care social worker is to assist patients and families/caregivers in coping with intense and difficult social, emotional, and practical arrangements related to patients serious illness.
The social worker encourages respect for individuality, independence, and patient choice, while collaborating on policies and systems that respect the cultural, religious, and ethnic difference among patients and families. Social work contributes to the teams understanding of team development and working together, as well as understanding the patients beliefs, behaviors, and barriers regarding the members illness.
- Professional behavior supporting regional, facility, and department policies, procedures, goals, and values. Activities include assessment and coordination of physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients who are appropriate for palliative consultation/care.
- Participates in interdisciplinary care planning and provides services in accordance with established individualized palliative care team plan of care, including care coordination, resources for grief and anticipatory grief, and other community resources.
- Assists in interdisciplinary team to increase efficiency, productivity, and ongoing development of Palliative Care Consult Team role throughout the Hawaii region.
- Assures professional competency through maintaining working knowledge of current social work practice, available community services, member benefits, resources, and regulatory standards. Selects and attends education programs to keep current in area of practice. Conducts social work consultation and resource development. Maintains educational record and provides evidence of competency.
- Participants in quality improvement and utilization management activities as requested, such as clinical record review, occurrence reporting, focused studies, process, and outcome measurement.
- Documents according to program standards, Federal, and State regulations. Assures medical record documentation.
- Participates in program functions such as staff meetings, staff-in services, and committees, as assigned. Participates in orientation of new personnel.
- Minimum one (1) year experience in health care setting.
- Masters degree in Social Work.
License, Certification, Registration
- Basic Life Support within 0.5 months of hire from American Heart Association
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Hawaii) OR Licensed Social Worker (Hawaii)
- Must be willing to obtain specialty training in Palliative Care.
- Experience with interdisciplinary team function.
- Knowledge of medical terminology, the psychosocial impact of serious illnesses.
- Demonstrated ability to interrelate with physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.
- Familiar with care processes and systems in settings internal and external to this company.
- Knowledge of the principles of patient teaching and delegation, care planning, and appropriate utilization of acute hospital, long term care, and home care resources.
- Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.
- Knowledge of community resources, family dynamics, and the dying process.
- Keyboarding or typing skills.