Social Worker, Per Diem
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network - Bethlehem, PA

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St Luke's Hospice provides end-of-life care to the adult patient, caregiver and family. The hospice social worker is part of an interdisciplinary team where each team member has a role to play addressing the physical, spiritual, emotional and safety needs of patients, families, and caregivers. Hospice is provided primarily in the home however, hospice patients reside in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and our free-standing hospice inpatient unit.

The Hospice Social Worker visits hospice patients and families to complete a psychosocial assessment, documents and reports to the hospice interdisciplinary team. Determines and recommends appropriate medical social services on the basic of the Hospice plan of care. Assesses the social and emotional factors concerning patient's capacity and potential to cope with problems of daily living, which impede the patient's ability to comply with the hospice plan of care. Provides informatin, referral, coordination and advocacy as neeeded to assist patients and their families in obtaining social services which will maximize and enhance their ability to cope with factors related to their illness. Assists patients and families in resolving personal and environmental difficulties, which predispose towards illness or intefere with the implementation of the hospice plan of care.

The social worker will maintains and uses patient clinical records, reports and other written communications according to agency policy and directives. Documentation is timely, accurate and clearly

outlines the goals and plans with emphasis on the family oriented approach to patient

care. Records reflect contact with physicians and other agencies needed.

Job Qualifications:
Holds a Masters Degree from a school of Social Work from an accredited or approved by the Coucil of Social Work Education.

Two (2) years of social work experience in health care setting perfer home health, oncology or hospice experience.

Physical Demands

Medium Work

Exertional activity

Occasionally lift and/or carry 50 lbs

Frequently lift and/or carry 25 lbs

Being able to frequently lift or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds is often more critical that being able to lift up to 50 lbs at a time

Stand and/or walk at least 6 hours in an 8-hour work day

Very few medium occupations in the national economy are performed primarily in a sitting position

Nonexertional activity

Stooping (bending at the waist) and crouching (stooping and bending at the knee) – required frequently in most medium jobs

Handling (grasping) – required frequently in most medium jobs

Fingering (fine manipulation) – required only occasionally in most medium jobs

Important: The functional capacity to perform medium work includes the functional capacity to perform sedentary and light work

As of May 1, 2010, St. Luke’s will be screening for nicotine as part of the pre-hire physical. Applicants who test positive will not be offered employment. Applicants who test positive may re-apply in six months.

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