Medical Social Worker Hospice – Full Time



Posting Date May 16, 2019
Job Title Medical Social Worker Hospice – Full Time
Specialty Medical Social Worker
Hours FT
Overview Essential Functions Assesses the need for grief and loss counseling and bereavement services for patients, families, and significant others. Communicates to patients and families about resources to meet their needs. Informs patients and families of the Medical Social Worker role and participation in the Interdisciplinary Team. Completes psycho-social assessments and visit information and outcomes according to procedure and professional standards. Participates in the development and ongoing evaluation of the psycho-social components of the plan of care. Provides short-term problem-oriented therapeutic and/or supportive counseling and casework services to patients and families as needed from the period of admission to one year after death (bereavement). Provides assistance to Team members in understanding the significant social, emotional and ethical factors related to a patient's/family 's health concerns and dying process on an ongoing basis. Assists in the discharge or transfer planning process when Hospice Care is no longer appropriate. Assists patient/families in changing living arrangements when needed. Refers patient/caregiver/family to appropriate community resources and financial assistance as needed. Maintains productivity of 3 visits per day. Participates in interdisciplinary group meetings and other case conferences as requested. Participates in agency quality improvement activities as needed. Participates in, facilitates, or develops in-service education for Agency staff, volunteers and community groups. Participates in the weekend, holiday, on-call, community and off-shift rotations. Other Job Functions Coaches, mentors and precepts new Medical Social Work employees and students. Reporting to the Hospice Care Services Manager, the Hospice Medical Social Worker delivers age appropriate counseling and support of patients and families in Home Care/Hospice. The Hospice Medical Social Worker acts as a referral resource to outside organizations or agencies based the patient’s needs. Work Environment The employee will be exposed to a variety of controlled uncontrolled work environments. The employee may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions while driving to and from work assignments. The employee may also be exposed to blood and bodily fluids, virus, disease and infection from patients and environmental hazards in the work environment. The employee may be required to work extended periods of time using a laptop and/or mobile device. Physical Demands This position requires the ability to frequently enter and exit and/or sit in an automobile for prolonged periods while commuting to work assignments. Intermittent physical activity, including standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping and crouching as well as lifting and supporting patients. Ability to minimally lift up to 25 lbs. Ability to frequently enter and exit and/or sit in an automobile for prolonged periods while commuting to work assignments.
Qualifications Masters of social work degree (MSW) from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, or Baccalaureate degree in social work accredited by the Council, or Baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology or other field related to social work One year of Social Work experience in a healthcare setting Interest in working with terminally ill patients and families Reliable automobile Automobile Insurance Valid Driver’s license Ability to meet all Post-Offer Pre-employment requirements (including physical capacity exam, background checks, etc.) If hired, be available Monday-Friday for the first weeks of employment to complete the required training. Ability to understand and carry out directions and instructions Ability to work with minimum supervision Ability to read, write and speak English
Agency / Location Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association
30 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH 03301
Contact Information Christine Caccia
Concord Regional VNA
30 Pillsbury Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone: 6032305676
Fax: 603-227-7523
Email: christine.caccia@crvna.org
Website: www.crvna.org
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