Everett, WA, WA, United States

Salary Range (Annual Salary)

$60,140 - $75,120


The Palliative Care Social Worker (PCSW) is an integral member of the multidisciplinary Palliative Care team and provides skilled psychosocial services to palliative care patients and their families by promoting 1) coordination of care 2) continuity of care 3) achievement of consistent and/or expected psychosocial outcomes 4) patient advocacy, and 5) efficient resource management. The PCSW facilitates coordination and communication between all members of the health care team, patient and family in the decision making process to minimize fragmentation of the health care delivery system. The PCSW will facilitate advanced care planning discussions; intervene in crises; mediate conflicts within families; research power of attorney for health care, and guardianship; address Advance Directives; assist with available community resources and how to gain access to them (support groups, personal care homes, LTAC, etc.); assess complicated family dynamics (financial, cultural, anticipatory grief, complicated grief, etc.); and assess psychological stressors causing pain.

The job duties listed are essential functions of the position. However, other duties may be assigned, and may also be considered essential functions of the position.
The caregiver must be sufficiently fluent in the English language to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the position. The degree of fluency required will vary depending upon the nature of the position.

Caregivers are expected to honor the Mission, Values, Vision and Promise and adhere to the Code of Conduct, policies and standards of their organization.

For direct patient care roles: Performs and maintains currency of essential competencies as required by specific area of hire and populations served.
• Demonstrates knowledge and understanding about palliative and end-of-life care:
• Understands the physical and multidimensional stages of living with a serious illness to include end-of-life (EOL).
• Familiar with a range of psychosocial interventions that can alleviate discomfort.
• Values the impact of ethnic, religious, and cultural differences.
• Understands the needs faced by members of special populations and their families (e.g. children; physically, developmentally, mentally, or emotionally disabled; institutionalized).
• Demonstrates the ability to recognize signs of impending death and prepare family members.
• Able to support patients, families, and caregivers in anticipatory, grief, and loss.
• Demonstrates empathy and sensitivity in responding to the pain, suffering, and distress of others.

• Conducts comprehensive assessments and develops and implement intervention plans that enhance the patient’s abilities and decisions in palliative and end-of-life care:
• Considers family structure/roles; pattern/style of communication and decision making in the family; spirituality/faith.
• Assesses social supports, including support systems, informal and formal caregivers involved, resources available, and barriers to access.
• Considers past experience with illness, disability, death, and loss.
• Assesses mental health functioning including history, coping style, crisis management skills and risk of suicide/homicide.
• Adapts techniques to work effectively with individuals from different age groups, ethnicities, cultures, religions, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, lifestyles, and differing states of mental health and disability.

• Appropriately identifies actual and potential care issues within scope of practice. Provides short term counseling and crisis intervention for patients and families:
• Demonstrates critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving skills.
• Ability to follow through on responsibilities and commitments.
• Demonstrates creative thinking and vision regarding possibilities for care options for psychosocial issues based on patient preferences.

• Evaluates ethical dilemmas and value conflicts and considers questions related to religion, spirituality, and the meaning of life:
• Demonstrates familiarity with bioethical considerations and legal issues such as the right to refuse treatment; proxy decision-making; withdrawal or withholding of treatment, including termination of ventilator support and withdrawal of fluids and nutrition.
• Affirms the right of the individual to determine the level of his or her care.

• Possesses knowledge about navigating the medical and social systems that frequently present barriers to patients:
• Identifies and works to eliminate barriers to receiving care.
• Determines patient resources and determines availability of financial means/insurance benefits.

• Develops and manages a coordinated plan of care to meet care managed patient and/or family needs within scope of practice. Evaluates post-acute care environment for accessibility and adaptive needs:
• Identifies and defines need from patient’s perspective and communicate these concerns and needs of the patient to decision makers and care providers.
• Demonstrates expertise in communication, both within families and between patients/families and health care teams.

• Provides intensive counseling for those confronted by life-limiting illnesses and assist with complex problems:
• Assists patients and families to maximize coping in crisis.
• Has knowledge of family systems and interpersonal dynamics.

• Addresses the psychosocial domains of symptoms, suffering, grief, and loss. Organizes and links appropriate services throughout the hospital and community to deliver coordinated care to patient and family. Assesses the teaching needs of the patient and family members based on patient goals of care:
• Exhibits strong leadership and coordination skills.
• Demonstrates knowledge of hospital and community resources; managed care companies, federal, and third party reimbursement guidelines.
• Demonstrates strong collaboration and team skills, including the ability to work well with health care providers, all disciplines and staff levels.
• Demonstrates knowledge of adult learning principles.

• Supports and contributes to the maintenance of positive interagency collaboration and networking via meetings, phone calls, correspondence and in-service presentation:
• Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to motivate, negotiate and delegate.
• Willing to accept and deal with confrontation.
• Skilled in prioritization, time management and organization of activities.
• Ability to follow through on responsibilities and commitments.

• Other responsibilities:
• Complies with all mandated reporting requirements as required by Washington State RCW.
• Participates in committees or meetings pertinent to the functioning of the Service.
• Maintains confidentiality of records or medical center information at all times.


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