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Social Worker - Per Diem - 12/05/18

Bargaining Unit:  Licensed                        Rate of Pay:  $42.93 / HR + DOE

SUMMARY:  Under the general supervision, provides clinical social work services to patients, their families and/or caregivers to assist them in coping with social, emotional and environmental difficulties related to terminal illness and death. Responsible for bio/psycho/social/spiritual assessments, interventions, counseling, discharge planning, consultation and coordination of program services. Oversees bereavement, volunteer and spiritual care programs. Assists with overall program development, implementation and evaluation.


Carries an appropriate hospice MSW workload while providing effective services to patients and meeting productivity standards.

Uses professional level communication skills when working with patients, families, providers, members of the hospice Interdisciplinary Team and representatives from other agencies and services.

Handles difficult interpersonal situations effectively. Problem solves and addresses conflict professionally.

Completes bio/psycho/social assessments in a timely, concise, and effective manner.

Records all patient/family and caregiver contacts in the hospice medical record in a timely, appropriate, concise, and legal manner.

Effectively implements individual treatment plans based on assessments and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Performs all aspects of professional Social Work effectively; including but not limited to: psychosocial counseling, interdisciplinary planning for care, assisting patients with obtaining services, financial applications, live alone assessments, applications for assistance, and legal documents such as DPAHC or DNR.

Prioritizes needs and applies a variety of techniques to accomplish assessment and interventions appropriate to various age groups, complicated grief, ethical dilemmas and special needs of patients and families with a variety of cultural and ethnic perspectives.

Performs all duties in an ethical manner protecting patient and family confidentiality.

Serves as social work consultant and liaison to team, program, facility and community. Collaborates effectively with other hospice social workers.

Participates in program planning and implementation and evaluation of effectiveness of efforts to improve program services.

Collaborates effectively with those responsible for bereavement services. When necessary, completes bereavement assessments, initiates bereavement care plan, makes bereavement visits and provides other follow up.

Collaborates effectively with those responsible for spiritual care program in conjunction with hospital and community network of spiritual care providers. When necessary, completes spiritual assessments and follow up.

Collaborates effectively with other members of the Interdisciplinary Group and hospital staff in admission and discharge planning for hospice patients.

Participates in program orientations, educational programs, as requested.

Complies with Hospice regulations, social work, hospital district guidelines, policies and procedures and nationally recognized standards of practice.

Demonstrates continues enhancement of professional skills. Participates in a variety of hospice related activities that allow for collaboration with other counseling/social services professionals and interactions such as workshops, social work consortiums, or projects that enhance the practice of the individual social worker in the hospice setting.

Demonstrates System Values in performance and behavior.

Complies with System policies and procedures.

Other duties as may be assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Master’s degree (M.A.) or Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or equivalent; or four or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS:  Required: Licensed MSW in the State of California preferred.  Preferred: None

OTHER EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:  Master's degree in Social Work from an educational institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Two or more years post graduate experience in health care setting or related social work agency. Two years experience in family and individual counseling. Successful post graduate experience in one of the following areas: home care, hospice, geriatrics, or oncology. Experienced in dealing with issues related to death and bereavement.