ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
- Two-year grant funding minimum to work with hospitalized patients to provide educational support and assist in delivering palliative care services relating to goals-of-care conversations and ACP documentation.
- Aids in establishing a Health Care Proxy if none exists.
- Assists the palliative care team and/or directly facilitates patient-family meetings for goal setting and care planning.
- Participates in palliative care quality improvement initiatives.
- Provides liaison function between palliative care team and patients/families.
- Attends monthly and periodic team meetings for the operational and administrative functions of the palliative care service.
- Contributes to the development of new ideas that impact the program.
- Works cooperatively with other team members.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Meets hospital-wide standards in the following areas:
- Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
- Utilizes hospital's values as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the division's hospital mission.
- Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures
- Performs other duties as assigned or as necessary.
Masters in Social Work (MSW) is required
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Requires a Massachusetts Licensed Certified Social Worker
Minimum of 2 years clinical experience in an inpatient, long-term care or hospice setting
Experience with advance care planning and goals-of-care communication preferred
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural, diverse, decentralized environment, as a member of a health care team and comfortable working with multi-cultural families
- Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational, and record keeping skills.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities at the same time effectively.
- Knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Ability to interpret and record data and understand basic medical terminology.
- Bilingual or multi-lingual skills (beyond that of English) appropriate to the patient population served (especially Spanish, Portuguese Creole or Haitian Creole), are a big plus.
This is a grant funded position for 2 years.
Schedule is 3 days a week, 8 hours a day.
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