To provide competent, quality Social Work services to patients and their families as a part of the Pal Care team. The clinician must be able to function as an independent practitioner, work under stressful conditions, demonstrate assertiveness skills, and be able to work well with others. Clinically must be able to perform quality assessments, have knowledge of family systems, demonstrate effective communication techniques, and be flexible in job responsibilities.
In collaboration with Pal Care team members, works closely with ACH staff in educating them about the Pal Care program and patients eligible to receive Pal Care services.
- Makes routine contact with key medical staff and specialty nurses in an effort to promote the program and consult on specific patients who may be eligible for Pal Care services.
- Makes regular contact with Social Work colleagues as a resource for palliative care issues and as a consultant on patients who may be considered for Pal Care services.
- All other duties as assigned.
Provides thorough clinical assessments using a biopsychosocial model to determine the needs of patient's who have a life threatening or life ending illness.
- Clinician will utilize guidelines as set forth in the Social Work and Pal Care departmental policies and procedures governing documentation, assessments, interdisciplinary collaboration, and other related policies.
- Clinician will work closely with the unit or clinic social worker, if one is identified, in obtaining demographic or psychosocial information on a Pal Care patient. The Pal Care Social Worker will collaborate with the unit/service social worker as a part of the assessment and team collaboration process.
- Works collaboratively with Pal Care team members as a part of the assessment process.
In an attempt to seek optimum care for the patient and establish a therapeutic relationship, the worker devises and implements appropriate interventions and plans for patients and families that are comprehensive and outcome focused. Successful and effective plans should include these skills and techniques:
- Facilitation of Advance Care Planning Conferences
- Patient/family advocacy
- Conflict resolution, mediation and problem solving
- Encouraging and facilitating team collaboration while also demonstrating the ability to function independently
- Utilization of existing resources or promoting development of resources when needed
- Facilitating access to services
- Patient/family education
- Recognition of right to self-determination
- Adjusting for diverse needs of the pt/family
- Bereavement follow-up
Promotes overall professional growth and development.
- Initiating program planning
- Seeking out opportunities for self education and professional growth
- Active participation on departmental or hospital committees
- Facilitating diagnosis specific support/educational/therapeutic groups (including web-based technologies for this support)
- Obtaining and maintaining appropriate level of licensure
- Hospital staff education
- Community/professional education
- Orientation preceptor
- Field supervision of SW Intern
- Effective and appropriate use of supervision
- Effective collaboration and team building within and outside of the Social Work Department
- Member of a professional organization (representing ACH and/or SW Department)
- Board member of a professional organization (representing ACH and/or SW Department)
- Research and professional writing activities
Performs Administrative or Non Clinical Tasks Commensurate with the Position
- Activity Log completed promptly and completely
- Assists supervisor with QI Activities as requested
- Completes all correspondence in a timely manner
- Paperwork completed promptly per protocol, including chart documentation, shift reports, etc.
- Demonstrates responsibility and good organizational skills in regards to time management, protocols regarding beeper usage (especially when on call), backup assignments, planning for time off, etc.
Master's degree or equivalent degree
• Field of Study: Social Work
1 year total experience required
• which includes 1 year of Post MSW or grief and loss experience
2 years Post graduate school work experience in a medical/pediatric setting experience
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW): (AR)
• Candidate must possess at time of hire
Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW): (AR)
Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality assessments, interventions, counseling, treatment and discharge planning relative to the age-specific needs of the patient.
Applicant should have knowledge of crisis intervention techniques, grief and loss process, child abuse, psychiatric disorders, and family systems theory.
Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with various professionals as well as with patients/families of varying back-grounds.
Must be able to work independently and creatively, yet be able to work closely with other disciplines and social work colleagues.
Should be able to effectively manage high caseload and stressful situations.
Should be able to respond quickly to emergency situations (patient leaving AMA; defending oneself against an ggressive/hostile parent or patient). Must also be able to observe facial expressions and reactions of patients and families.
Must be able to report to work within the required 30 minute response time when on-call.
Be proficient in basic computer programs such as Word and Outlook.
Physical Activity - Stand
Physical Activity - Walk
Physical Activity - Sit
Physical Activity - Use hands to touch, handle, or feel
Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms
Physical Activity - Climb or balance
Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend
Physical Activity - Talk or hear
Physical Activity - Taste or smell
Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions
Physical Environment - Work in a confined area
Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 10 pounds
Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 25 pounds
Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:
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