Social Worker PRN at Hospice of Midland
The Social Worker is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social work services. This is a full-time exempt position.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
1. Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment and communicates findings to the Case Manager and other members of the interdisciplinary group. Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe and another plan is required.
2. Carries out social evaluations, including family dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risks for suicide, negligence or abuse, and plans intervention based on evaluation of the findings. Counsels patient and family/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress, and other identified coping difficulties. Provides crisis intervention when necessary.
3. Assesses for and educates interdisciplinary group on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and family.
4. Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work.
5. Educates patients and families on, and assists in, preparation of advanced directives.
6. Provides information and referral services for patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.
7. Provides information to patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
8. Serves as a liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
9. Maintains collaborative relationships with organization personnel to support patient care.
10. Maintains and develops contacts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.
11. Participates in the development of the individualized Plan of Care, involving the patient and family. Attends interdisciplinary group meetings, assisting the team in recognizing the effects of the psychosocial stresses on the symptoms of the terminal illness.
12. Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.
13. Actively participates in Quality Assessment Performance Improvement teams and activities.
14. Assists family and patient in planning for funeral arrangements, financial, legal, and health care decision responsibilities.
15. Assists in bereavement support for both HospiceMidland and Rays of Hope as needed.
16. Administers the Pathways program, including development, implementation, participant visits and program evaluation. Maintains thorough and timely documentation of Pathways contacts. Regularly communicates and coordinates Pathways referrals to the IDT.
1. A graduate of a bachelor’s program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; Master’s in Social Work (MSW) preferred. Must be licensed in the State of Texas.
2. Minimum of one (1) years’ experience in health care, hospice experience preferred.
3. Must be available during office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and for on-call as required.