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Providence Health & Services Inpatient Palliative Care Social Worker *$5K Sign-On Bonus* in Everett, Washington


Providence is calling a Palliative Care MSW (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in Pmg Nw Wa Palliative Care at Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington in Everett, WA

$5K Sign-On Bonus

Inpatient Palliative Care Social Worker

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.

In this position you will:

  • 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.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)

  • 2 years in Social services experience with a health care related organization

  • Active Social Work in Washington State

  • LSWAIC Licensure

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 3 years of experience in a multi-disciplinary health care setting and specialized training in palliative care and/or hospice

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

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

About the clinic you will serve.

Providence Medical Group is a group of primary care, specialty care and hospital-based medical providers who serve Snohomish County in more than 10 locations in scenic northwest Washington. Our providers and staff strive to create a distinctive health care experience for each patient – one focused on trust, respect, communication and teamwork.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. 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: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Washington-Everett

Req ID: 292748