Providence Health & Services Palliative Care Social Worker - Palliative Care Team in Lacey, Washington


Providence Health and Services is calling for a Palliative Care Social Worker (MSW) to the Palliative Care team in Lacey, WA. This is a part time position (.8 / 32 hours) Day shift position.

The Palliative Care Social Worker is an integral member of the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Outpatient Team and will work with medically complex patients and their families to provide supportive whole person care by 1) collaborative development of plans of care that align with the patient's goals 2) advance care planning 3) psychosocial and emotional support for transitions, crisis, and quality of life issues 4) patient advocacy and 5) identification of and linking patients to resources. The Palliative Care Social Worker facilitates coordination and communication between the patient, members of the healthcare team, and family in the decision making process to minimize fragmentation of care throughout the patients's journey.

In this position you will:

  • Understand the physical and multidimensional stages of the dying process

  • Familiar with a range of psychosocial interventions that can alleviate discomfort

  • Value the impact of ethnic, religious, and cultural differences

  • Understand the needs faced by members of special populations and their families (e.g. children; physically, developmentally, mentally, or emotionally disabled; institutionalized)

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize signs of impending death and prepare family members

  • Able to support patients, families, and caregivers in anticipatory mourning, grief, and bereavement

  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity in responding to the pain, suffering, and distress of others

  • Adapt 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

  • Demonstrate 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


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Masters Degree in Social Work

  • Three years (3 years) of social services experience with a health care related organization; experience should include a minimum of two years (2 years) in a multi-disciplinary health care setting

  • Licensed as an Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSWA)

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Palliative Care Certification or eligible and working toward certification or willing to complete certification within 2 years of hire.

  • Licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

About the clinic you will serve.

The Palliative Care clinic, part of SW Washington Service Area Palliative Care Services, serves out patients from a 5 county area. The multi-disciplinary Palliative Care outpatient team is made up of MD's, ARNPs, MA, MSW, RN Care Navigators, and a Pharmacist. The clinic is located within the Lacey Primary & Intermediate Care Specialty Clinic in Lacey, WA

Providence St. Peter Hospital is a 390-bed, not-for-profit regional teaching hospital. Located in Olympia, WA, St. Peter offers comprehensive rehabilitation, medical, surgical and behavioral health services. We have been ranked as one of the top 100 hospitals and as one of 10 premier healthcare employers in the nation and have recently achieved the coveted Magnet®" recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®. Our hospital rests on a 173-acre campus, much of which includes natural forest and preserved wetlands that maintain a healing environment for patients and staff.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Hospice Nursing

Location: Washington-Lacey

Req ID: 186476