College degree required.
2 years relevant experience in assisting families, caregivers, and patients through death and dying issues.
Knowledge of the dynamics of grief and bereavement obtained through exposure to terminally ill patients and their families.
Demonstrated experience in program development and planning.
Excellent listening and problem-solving skills.
Knowledge of and commitment to the hospice philosophy.
Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated presentation, verbal, and written communication skills at an advanced level.
Proven ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Possesses current Michigan motor vehicle license, ability to drive a car, and an insured vehicle capable of transport to patient homes or other offices in various weather conditions.
Meets Home Health and Medicare standards as evidenced by criminal background check and fingerprinting.
Meets MHH established requirements for proof of health status.
Physically able to lift 35 pounds.
Demonstrates ability utilize good body mechanics or lifting techniques to avoid manipulating more than 35 pounds.
Plans the development, expansion, and refinement of the bereavement program of Munson Hospice to meet the needs of families and/or caregiver(s) for up to 1 year following the death of the hospice patient.
Coordinates the assessment and delivery of grief counseling needs and services (one-to-one, groups, and ongoing follow-up) to ensure timely and appropriate services are provided to family and/or caregiver(s).
Guides evaluation and assessment of grief needs and risk factors associated with grief.
Assess family response to grief and loss issues.
Collaborates with physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, and other hospital and community personnel to assure appropriateness and compliance with patients’ plans of care.
Consults with hospice staff on difficult cases and provides support to hospice staff
with work related grief through one-to-one counseling or coordination with staff giving one-to-one counseling, and referral to community resources.
Participates in Hospice IDT meetings to report on debriefings and/or pre-bereavement contacts.
Consults with Home Care, Palliative Care, Munson Medical Center departments, and community groups on difficult cases and provides team debriefing for those departments upon request.
Provides education on bereavement and grief issues to volunteers, hospice staff, and community in general.
Assists management with decisions surrounding bereavement, social work and spiritual care programs expansion and refinement based upon needs assessments.
Coordinates grief support groups within the community.
Maintains statistics on all functions of the bereavement program.
Records in a timely manner all required documentation surrounding bereavement services in the electronic medical record.
Assists in revision of policy and procedures as dictated by department requirements.
Employees with e-mail are required to maintain proficiency in the basic functions of the program and are also required to regularly check email and keep calendars up to date.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Munson Healthcare - 2 years ago