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MSW

Charter Healthcare Group

This is a Full-time position in Tempe, AZ posted October 28, 2021.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Social Worker works under the direction of a physician. He/she functions as an active member of the organization’s health team in accordance with the physician’s orders and the written plan of care and provides patient services in accordance with the hospice philosophy. They assist the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) in understanding the significant social, emotional, and cultural factors related to a terminal illness. The SW conducts psychosocial assessments and evaluations and provides emotional counseling to patients/families.

REPORTS TO: Director of Patient Care Services or Director of Psychosocial Services
SUPERVISES: Social Work Associates, MSW Interns (if applicable)

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Masters Degree from a school accredited or approved by the Council on Social Work Education.
Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) preferred but not required.
Experience: Clinical experience relevant to the psychosocial needs of patients and families
Core Competencies: Knowledge of psychosocial theories and use of psychosocial treatment techniques. Knowledge of beliefs and practices of cultures related to death and dying. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with dying patients and their families. Possesses a sympathetic attitude toward caring for the hospice patient and demonstrates positive communication skills in interacting with other members of the hospice team.
Other: Valid driver’s license, and auto insurance.

FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Performs patient psychosocial assessments to augment existing services and contributes to the plan of treatment.
2. Reports changes in the patient’s conditions and needs to the RN Case Manager or Director of Patient Care Services.
3. Observes for safety hazards in the patient’s and organization’s environments and takes appropriate steps to reduce or eliminate them.
4. Assists the physician and other members of the health team in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to the patient’s terminal illness.
5. Assesses for suicide risk, mental capacity, elder and/or dependent adult abuse and takes appropriate action.
6. Assists in completion of advance directives, mortuary arrangements, funeral planning or facility placement
7. Provides assistance to staff and patient/family in ascertaining third party and financial resources and planning for financial coverage for services
8. Provides information and referral to appropriate community resources and/or legal entities.
9. Advises and counsels hospice staff, patients and families, or community agencies in management of emergency situations/crises.
10. Provides consultation and education to community to increase knowledge related to the hospice and serves as information source and education resource person to community, agency personnel and volunteers as appropriate.
11. Maintains continuing education through academic studies, seminars, and workshops.
12. Attends and participates in in-services, staff meetings and case conferences.
13. Completes all documentation in an accurate and legible manner.
14. Complies with hospice policies and procedures, laws and regulations and standards of practice

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Evidence of good physical and mental health.
2. Manual dexterity skills to include repetitive use of hands, fingering and grasping.
3. Able to stand, walk and sit four (4) hours at a time.
4. Repetitive bending and reaching up to two (2) hours a day.
5. Average hearing/vision.
6. Able to lift 25 lbs from floor to waist.
7. Able to drive a car to patient homes 2 – 4 hours per day