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LSW-Palliative Care

Location: Honolulu, HI Additional Locations:
Job Number: 793964 Date posted: 05/14/2019

Serves as an integral member of a self-directed interdisciplinary palliative care team. Provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments, coordination and implantation of age appropriate social work services to meet the complex needs of patients/families/significant others in the hospital and ambulatory settings. The primary focus of the Palliative Care social worker is to assist patients and families/caregivers in coping with intense and difficult social, emotional, and practical arrangements related to patient's serious illness. The social worker encourages respect for individuality, independence, and patient choice, while collaborating on policies and systems that respect the cultural, religious, and ethnic difference 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 palliative consultation/care.

  • Participates in interdisciplinary care planning and provides services in accordance with established individualized palliative care team plan of care, including care coordination, resources for grief and anticipatory grief, and other community resources.

  • Assists in interdisciplinary team to increase efficiency, productivity, and ongoing development of Palliative Care Consult Team role throughout the Hawaii region.

  • Assures professional competency through maintaining working knowledge of current social work practice, available community services, member benefits, resources, and regulatory standards. Selects and attends education programs to keep current in area of practice. Conducts social work consultation and resource development. Maintains educational record and provides evidence of competency.

  • Participants in quality improvement and utilization management activities as requested, such as clinical record review, occurrence reporting, focused studies, process, and outcome measurement.

  • Documents according to program standards, Federal, and State regulations. Assures medical record documentation.

  • Participates in program functions such as staff meetings, staff-in services, and committees, as assigned. Participates in orientation of new personnel.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in health care setting.

  • Education

  • Master's degree in social work.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid Hawaii Social Work license (LSW) or Clinical Social Work license (LCSW).

  • Must meet education requirements for Hawaii State Licensure.

  • Current BLS for Healthcare Providers required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to obtain specialty training in Palliative Care.

  • Experience with interdisciplinary team function.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, the psychosocial impact of serious illnesses.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of community resources, family dynamics, and the dying process.

  • Keyboarding or typing skills.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A
  • Primary Location: Hawaii,Honolulu,Hospital/Medical Offices 3288 Moanalua Rd. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: variable Working Hours End: variable Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Behavioral / Mental Health Department: Continuing Care-Palliative Cre Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    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 and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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    Backed by a committed interdisciplinary team of health care professionals, you'll provide high-quality treatment for patients with behavioral health and/or bio-psychological concerns, including those in psychological crisis.

    With the strength of our network at your fingertips, you'll be sure your patients receive prompt, appropriate referrals across our organization with no barriers to the continuity of care. Opportunities and specialty settings range from substance abuse to social work and autism to eating disorders.


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