Iowa City Hospice is a community-oriented, not-for-profit organization that offers a work life balance culture and includes a professional interdisciplinary team who provide exceptional patient-centered palliative care and grief support services to patients and families regardless of disease, age, background or ability to pay.
Iowa City Hospice has a Full Time Hospice Social Worker position open. The position is responsible for providing psycho social support to patients and families, psycho social assessment, support of the patient/family from time of admission of the patient until the death of the patient and assessing the bereavement needs of the patient’s survivors; therefore, we are seeking candidates with a exceptional communication skills that provides a nice mixture of attention to detail, a love of new challenges and follow through that assures stability in an ever changing work environment.
Essential Job Functions (including but not limited to):
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient including a psychosocial assessment to evaluate the patient/caregiver’s emotional, social, financial, and environmental resources and identify appropriate psychosocial problems, interventions and goals for the patient’s plan of care.
- Participate as a member of the Iowa City Hospice Interdisciplinary Team in the development and implementation of the patient’s plan of care.
- Conduct informational visits to provide patients and family members an overview of all the Iowa City Hospice services and explain consent forms that initiate care.
- Provide direct social work services and interventions according to the patient’s plan of care.
- identify the patient/caregiver’s psychosocial needs;
- assist the patient/caregiver with advance directives;
- assess and strengthening the patient/caregiver’s coping skills;
- assess and enhancing the responsiveness of the environment and connecting the patient/caregiver with community resources as needed.
- provide interventions for specific symptom relief (such as fear, grief, depression, anger, etc)
- screen for psychopathology and providing education and interventions accordingly;
- enhance the strengths of the family system;
- assess and refer for bereavement services;
- provide assistance with housing, welfare and safety issues as needed;
- help the patient/caregiver to access financial, legal or other services as needed;
- document problems, assessment finds, goals, care provided, interventions and patient/caregiver response to care;
- maintain the dignity of the dying patient; support the patient/caregiver’s spiritual and cultural beliefs; the interdisciplinary team and care partners; report suspected cases of abuse or neglect;
- assist with funeral planning as needed.
- Reassess the patient/caregiver needs every 15 days and, with the Interdisciplinary Team, update the patient’s plan of care.
- Documents all care provided in the patient’s clinical record in accordance with Iowa City Hospice’s documentation requirements.
- Serve as an educational source to staff, care partners and community.
- Adhere to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization.
- Participate in Iowa City Hospice’s success by ensuring access to our exceptional care.
- Support and promote Iowa City Hospice’s mission to lead in providing exceptional patient-centered end-of-life care and grief support to anyone affected by a terminal illness.
- Participate in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program.
- Ensure effective use of resources.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Licensure: Current Iowa license as a Social Worker.
Education: Master’s degree in Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Experience: 1 year of social work experience in a health care setting
Schedule: 8AM-5 PM Monday-Friday (flexible schedule of 20 hours per week)
Driving: Proof of license and current insurance coverage.