Kaiser Permanente Inpatient Palliative Care Medical Social Worker - CSS - Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon

Serves as an integral member of a self directed inpatient interdisciplinary palliative care team. Provides comprehensive, psychosocial assessments, coordination and implementation of age appropriate social work services to meet the complex needs of patients/families/significant others in the hospital setting. The primary focus of the Inpatient Palliative Care Social Worker (IPC LCSW) is to assist patients and families/caregivers in coping with intense and difficult social, emotional and practical arrangements related to the patient's end of life care goals, needs and issues. The IPC LCSW may also provide social work services to Hospice/Palliative Care patient and families in the inpatient, clinic, home and alternative living situations. The social worker encourages respect for individuality, independence and patient choice, while collaborating on policies and systems that respect the cultural, religious and ethnic differences among patients and families. Social work contributes to the team's understanding of team development and working together, as well as understanding the patient's beliefs, behaviors and barriers regarding the member's illness.

Essential Responsibilities: - Professional behavior supporting regional, facility and department policies procedures, goals and values. Activities include assessment and coordination of physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs of patients who are appropriate for inpatient palliative consultation/care. - Participates in interdisciplinary care planning and provides services in accordance with established individualized IPC team plan of care, including coordination and referrals to bereavement programs/supports when appropriate. - Assists the Interdisciplinary team to increase efficiency, productivity and ongoing development of the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Team's role within the inpatient setting as well as within the Continuing Care Service Department. - Assures professional competency through maintaining working knowledge of current social work practice, available community services, member benefits and resources and regulatory standards. Selects and attends education programs to keep current in area of practice. - Participates in quality improvement and utilization management activities as requested, such as clinical record review, occurrence reporting, focused studies, and process and outcome measurement. - Provides social work to hospice patients in the inpatient or home setting as requested.

  • Performs other duties as requested.

Qualifications: Basic Qualifications: Experience - Minimum one (1) year of experience in a health care setting. Education - Master's degree in social work. License, Certification, Registration - Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) AND Washington Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Requires license in primary state (Oregon or Washington) prior to first day of employment. Application for licensure in secondary state must be made within six (6) weeks of start date. Licenses in both states required within six (6) months of hire. - Valid driver's license required upon hire/transfer. - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required within two (2) weeks of hire/transfer. - National Provider Identifier (NPI) required prior to employment start date.

Additional Requirements: - Experience with interdisciplinary team function. - Knowledge of medical terminology, the psychosocial impact of specific illnesses. - Willing to work with patients at the end of life or with complex medical and psychosocial needs. - Demonstrated ability to interrelate with physicians, nurses, support staff and patients. - Familiar with care processes and systems in settings internal and external to Kaiser Permanente. - Knowledge of the principles of patient teaching and delegation, care planning, and appropriate utilization of acute hospital, long term care and home care resources. - Demonstrates customer-focused service skills. - Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary approach as a consultant vs. direct care provider. - Knowledge of Medicare regulations/requirements and criteria for hospice care. - Knowledge of community resources, family dynamics, and the dying process. - Keyboarding or typing skills. - This position requires a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes and among hospitals.

Preferred Qualifications: - Minimum one (1) year of experience as a medical social worker in a hospice or palliative care setting. - Previous work in a hospital setting. - Working knowledge of the managed care industry. - Excellent time management, organization, problem solving and customer service skills. - Excellent written and verbal communication skills. - Able to work autonomously and manage patient case load. - Operational knowledge of computerized clinical documentation and office application systems including the use of laptop/notebook computers. - Principles of documentation. - Counseling skills. - Ability to track down and locate needed information through telephone and written resources. - Ability to make accurate assessments of psychosocial needs.

COMPANY Kaiser PermanenteTITLE Inpatient Palliative Care Medical Social Worker - CSS - Sunnyside Medical CenterLOCATION Clackamas, ORREQNUMBER 612090

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.