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Social Worker MSW Pediatric Hospice ($4,500.00 Sign on Bonus)

Posted: 10/12/2021

The Social Worker assists patients, families and primary caregivers in adjusting to illness and grief, resolving personal, financial and environmental issues that occur with expected death, and provides grief counseling according to individual family, and primary caregiver needs.  The Social Worker reports to the Team Manager for direct supervision. 

Essential Functions

  • Assess patients, their families and/or primary caregivers to obtain information relevant for the psychosocial assessment.  The assessment includes an evaluation of the social, spiritual, financial and environmental issues that might occur with an anticipated death.  Completes psychosocial assessment plan of care and coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team members in accordance with Conditions of Participation (CoP’s).
  • Prepares documentation in accordance with agency policy
  • Reinforces education regarding Kansas City Hospice intra-agency care to maximize benefits of staff interventions and enhance patient, family, significant other, and primary caregiver functioning
  • Provides supportive counseling
  • Provides communication with regard to options for ongoing care
  • Encourages family communication
  • Links to community services
  • Actively participates in weekly patient care meetings
  • Coordinates family meetings
  • Explains Hospice medical insurance benefits
  • Explores eligibility for assistance within the agency and the community.
    Problem solves regarding issues that may affect patient, family, significant other and/or primary caregiver
  • Provides education regarding advanced directives, DPOA (Durable Power of Attorney), DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and an assortment of issues associated with end of life care
  • Documents status of funeral plan
  • Explores end of life wishes
  • Makes referrals to expressive therapist and grief support specialist
  • Discharge planning when it relates to Decertification, Revocation, or transfers
  • Identifies high risk patients, family, significant others, and/or primary caregivers.  Provides interventions and makes referrals when appropriate
  • Shares professional interpretation of behavior with patient and others who are providing care
  • Serves as an Interdisciplinary Team member. Attends and participates in the weekly IDT meeting and attends staff meetings as they are scheduled
  • Provides educational in-services on the psychosocial needs of the hospice patient/family to the hospice staff, volunteers, and other agencies when needed
  • Participates in the on-call system when indicated by the President or Vice President of Clinical Services to include evenings, nights, holidays, and/or weekends to ensure 24-hour coverage of patient care
  • Assesses and facilitates staff support as appropriate
  • Provides information, consultation, and professional support of interdisciplinary team members
  • Participates in agency quality management

Knowledge, Skills, Education, Licenses and Experience: 
Master’s degree in Social Work required.  Current LMSW license in the state of Kansas required.  Those eligible for Missouri LMSW are encouraged to obtain same.  Minimum of one year relevant experience in medical social work and/or community home visits preferred.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite (Gmail, calendar, shared drives) required.  Working knowledge of EMR system software preferred.  Licensed driver with reliable transportation and auto insurance required.

    Individual must:
  • Adhere to national Association of Social Worker Code of Ethics.
  • Develop rapport and communicate with patients and families, referral sources, insurance case managers, physicians and others with courtesy, responsiveness and cooperation.
  • Effectively and professionally communicate with individuals; prepare and present information in oral and written formats.
  • Work successfully within team environment and collaborate with other professional staff.
  • Possess superior organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.  Schedule or manage his/her time effectively.
  • Use resources efficiently and prudently, i.e. medical and office supplies, cell phones, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize, understand, and appreciate the value of cultural diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  Demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to diverse patients, families, and staff.
  • Travel to all parts of the facility and throughout the community.
Choose Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care!
  • $4,500.00 Sign on Bonus
  • Your work will be meaningful; you will know each day that you and your team are making a difference in the lives of others facing a terminal illness and comfort for the bereaved.
  • You will positively impact your community by working for a non-profit organization that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. 
Join our team who are making a difference, not just in healthcare, but right here in the heart of our community!
Kansas City Hospice is a non-profit organization that lives our mission every day – To bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. 
Not all hospices are created equal.  Come see why Kansas City Hospice is truly special.
Kansas City Hospice is an equal opportunity employer.
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Job Type: Full Time