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 is seeking a full time Social Worker to provide psycho social support to patients and families. This position requires exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, a love for new challenges and follow through. Our Social Workers seek to offer stability in an ever changing work environment while using necessary assessments and a range of professional tools that support both patient and family from time of admission up to and including the death of the patient.
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.