Social Worker, Palliative Care (LCSW)
Company: CHI Saint Joseph Health
Posted on: March 28, 2020
PRN, Day, Palliative Care, Saint Joseph Hospital
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Job Summary / Purpose Works collaboratively with physicians, staff
and other health care professionals within his/her Division to
coordinate the care and service of selected patient populations
across the continuum within the acute care setting. The role works
collaboratively with patient, family, physician and other members
of the health care team to achieve the highest quality clinical
outcomes with the most cost effective use of available resources.
The Social Worker supports responsibility for an interdisciplinary
process to meet the psychosocial and transitional needs of the
patient and family. The Social Worker is knowledgeable about
various age-related care protocols and functions within their scope
of practice. The Social Worker is an integral member of the health
care team as well as the Divisional Care Management team. In
addition, the position collaborates with the Divisional Care
Management team on system-wide quality improvement/performance
Essential Key Job Responsibilities
- Conducts a psychosocial assessment on identified priority
patients in collaboration with family.
- Outline available strategies and services to assist in
addressing psychosocial care needs, and to make recommendations as
- Specialized screening tools may be used for the assessment such
as Depression screen, Anxiety screen, Substance Abuse screen,
Health Literacy screen, Mental Status screen, and Social Support
screen as well as other specialized screens and evaluative
- Develops individualized psychosocial case plans in
collaboration with Case Manager-Acute Care based on assessment and
in conjunction with other members of the Care Management team.
- Documents actions in medical record according to departmental
guidelines and oversees process of exchange of information with
other facilities/agencies adhering to legal mandates about
- Provides crisis interventions and psychosocial counseling
services to restore patients and families to optimum social and
psychological health based on their strengths and use of available
- Provides factual information and materials to patients/families
and others regarding programs end stage illnesses.
- Makes referrals promptly to appropriate agencies for services
suitable to meet patients' needs.
- Screens patients for financial assistance and helps clarify
insurance benefits. Supports patients and families in their efforts
to address and cope with the economic stress brought on by serious
illnesses. Knowledgeable regarding financial resources.
- Assists patient and family in enrollment in needed programs and
- Assesses need for services through multidisciplinary rounds on
patients and collaboration with physicians and other
interdisciplinary team members.
- Consults with outside agencies in the delivery of
individual/community care necessary to meet identified and agreed
- Arranges for and coordinates a broad spectrum of discharge
planning services for patients during their hospitalization.
- Collaborates with patient/family, physicians, and care
management staff to determine patient's post-discharge needs and
- Provides patient/family with information on options/resources
available and strategies for utilizing resources. Assists with all
- Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications Required Education for Staff Job Levels
Master or Doctorate of Social Work required from accredited
Required Licensure and Certifications
Current unrestricted license, LCSW, in state(s) of practice is
Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated experience in case management, discharge planning, and
Must have excellent computer skills and ability to learn new
Knowledgeable regarding issues of chronic illnesses, loss/grief
issues, change process, family systems, relationship principals,
strength based interventions and community services
Possesses knowledge of public and private welfare and health
agencies available to serve patients and families.
Must have strong organizational (time management) skills, strong
interpersonal skills, the ability to handle multiple priorities
with strong attention to detail
Knowledge of and practical use of good business English, spelling,
arithmetic, practices and the ability to communicate effectively
using written and verbal skills. Proficient in email communications
and internet usage along with basic use of Microsoft Excel and
Knowledge of information technology to evaluate care effectiveness
(care process, outcomes and cost)
Ability to work autonomously within matrix environment without
direct supervision or support.
Minimum 3 years clinical experience as a social worker
Knowledge of Cerner electronic health record preferred, for
locations with Cerner. Case management certification (CCM or ACM)
preferred. Knowledge with Indicia (formally Milliman Care
Guidelines) authorization criteria preferred.
- Requisition ID: 2019-R
- Schedule: Per Diem
- Shift: Day Job
- Market: CHI Saint Joseph Health
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