Job Description

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 3 (LCSW)- Palliative Care
St. Dominic Hospital
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Full Time 80
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Job Summary:

The Palliative Care team provides a valuable support system to our community. Our team serves populations with a variety of clinical needs particularly psychological stress related to health impairments, serious illness, trauma, substance abuse and death and end of life care. The Social Worker 3- LCSW provides medical social work services as ordered/referred by the attending physician to Palliative Care patients in the hospital to include palliative care psychosocial assessments, collaboration with other treatment team members, and/or supportive counseling and crisis intervention.


Education: Master's Degree

Experience: Some previous experience in social work

Special Skills: Palliative Care or Hospice experience preferred, but not required

Licensure: Current MS State Board of Social Workers License - LCSW.


Conducts a psycho-social assessment of identified Palliative Care patients and family and plans for coordinated psychosocial support with other disciplines. Provides counseling for grief/loss (or bereavement) process and identifies families at risk for complicated grief.. Provides emotional support to patients and families and/or groups of patients who may exhibit feelings of anxiety and stress precipitated by illness and hospitalization. Facilitating bereavement support and participating in PI initiatives. Participates in performance improvement initiatives. Advocates for patient legal, social and ethical rights while balancing patient resources and hospital financial stewardship while also taking into consideration the patient and family’s wishes when appropriate. Refers quality issues to the appropriate source. Provides emotional support to patient and family during hospitalization. Educates patient and family on the intent of the intervention as needed. Consistently interprets social, emotional, and family problems to the palliative care providers and other team members and documents all interactions including phone calls. Progress notes and treatments plans are completed and closed within the designated timeframe as set forth by the Manager. Works closely with providers and community resources to coordinate plans of care. Maintains thorough documentation of patient records, care plans, assessments and follow up coordination. All laws, regulations and policies related to social work are complied with as they pertain to the position up to date as evidenced by the annual competency checklist. Perform other related duties as assigned.

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