The medical social worker provides direct casework and counseling services to the patient/family unit. The social worker provides diagnostic evaluation of psychosocial problems and defines social service goals for alleviating problems.
The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.
A graduate of a bachelor's program in social work accredited by the Council on Social work Education, in state's that allow a licensed holder of a Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work, to practice in a hospice setting under the supervision of a Master's prepared and licensed social worker. A graduate of a master's program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in state's that require a Master's Degree in Social Work to practice in a hospice setting. Minimum of one year's experience in health care, hospice experience preferred. Understands hospice philosophy, and issues of death/dying. Experience in a hospice care preferred. Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills. Maintains a current CPR certification. Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and is in good working order. Demonstrates excellent observation, problem solving, verbal and written communications; skills per competency checklist. Shows ability to organize and prioritize workload independently. Works indoors in patients' homes. May be required to work in undesirable areas. Possibility of strains due to moving patients.
Continuing Education Requirements: Organization personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. This position requires a minimum of 8 education hours. In addition, organization personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job related skills and abilities. All personnel must attend mandatory educational programs.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental Conditions: May be exposed to extremes of heat and cold in all weather conditions. May be required to drive in various weather conditions on roads in varying degrees of repair.
Working Conditions: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Contact with
patients under a wide variety of circumstances. May be exposed or
occasionally exposed to patient elements. Subject to varying and
unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations.
OSHA exposure category: Category I
Position includes tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids, tissues.
Required Personnel Protective
Equipment: As required by working conditions.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. The employee will be expected to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor and/or other management personnel.