Social Worker - Nashville Inpatient Unit

Alive Hospice, Inc.   Nashville, TN   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on April 2, 2021
Social Worker - Full Time (Nashville Inpatient Residence)
 
Location: Nashville, TN 
Status: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Hours: 40/week
 
If you have a passion for people and a desire to provide outstanding care and comfort to patients and their families,
while working within a professional team focused on clinical excellency, then we can't wait to speak with you!
 
SUMMARY 
The Social Worker provides psychosocial services and support to patients and their families, as assigned for relief.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs initial and ongoing assessment of the patient and family's psychosocial status and assists in accessing resources for social, financial, and community needs for adequately managing care and dealing with death.
2. Upon initial contact with the patient, reviews the services hospice is responsible for providing. Assists in obtaining informed consents.
3. Develops a plan of care that optimizes patient and family ability to cope with the psychosocial impact of illness and impending death.
4. Offers support, guidance and counseling in order to diminish stress and enhance emotional well being.
5. Provides information about and/or refers to other community resources that are available to supplement psychosocial needs.
6. Describes additional Alive Hospice support services that may be used if appropriate, to ease caregiving demands (i.e., Patient Care Volunteer, Home Health Aide, Respite).
7. Educates patient and family about Advance Directives as a means of promoting self determined life closure.
8. Assists patients and families to complete Advance Directives as needed.
9. Initiates opportunities for patient and family to discuss funeral planning and burial arrangements.
a. Participates in Interdisciplinary Care Planning Conference.
10. Collaborates with other team members about ongoing psychosocial issues and family dynamics in order to heighten the delivery of empathetic and emotionally supportive care.
11. Assesses family's bereavement needs throughout the duration of the patient's life and develops a bereavement plan of care for the family following the patient's death.
12. Facilitates bereavement support groups.
13. Conducts presentations to professional and community organizations about patient services, issues related to death and dying and bereavement support groups.
14. Attends department meetings.
15. Serves on department and agency committees.
16. Attends mandatory agency in-services as part of continuing education.
17. Completes all clinical documentation in a timely manner, per Alive Hospice policy.
18. Notifies team members of significant changes in patient status, using established agency procedures.
19. Completes staff activities daily log providing an accurate account of time worked and mileage covered.
20. Follows all agency protocols, policies and procedures appropriately.
21. Participates in the after hours program an is available to respond in situations when the need for psychosocial care arises.
22. Other duties may also be assigned.
 
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work.  One (1) year of work experience required in healthcare or agency setting; Hospice experience preferred.
 
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS 
State of Tennessee licensure as an L.C.S.W. preferred, or working toward said license. Current Tennessee driver's license and automobile insurance as required by state law
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit 
and talk and hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Frequently required to drive an automobile.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, infectious diseases, and use of an automobile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Patient home and general office setting.