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Providence Medical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, Washington


Providence is calling a Medical Social Worker (Home Health, Day Shift, 0.5 to 0.8 FTE) to Providence VNA Home Health in the Greater Spokane County Area, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

This is a part-time position working 3 to 4 days a week.

In this position you will:

  • Assessment: Assesses the psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and relational needs of the patient/family; Conducts assessments for patients and families to determine financial status and eligibility for various community programs and services.

  • Planning: Correlates assessment findings with appropriate interventions and follow up; Develops plans of care based upon physician orders and evaluation of patient needs; Mutually establishes a Plan of Care with the patient/family and physician; Plan of care reflects achievable, measurable, expected outcomes; Provides brief treatment and crisis intervention to patients and families in the home setting Assists patients and families in accessing appropriate community resources; Plans for discharge with patient/family and all other team members; Participates in team conferences for care planning and evaluation.

  • Implementation: Applies principles of infection control in all care; Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team to plan and provide social work services that enable patients to manage their health care at home or to facilitate transfer to another environment; Ensures that physician orders are present for all services; Notifies physician of changes in patient situation; Refers patients to other team members and/or community resources as needed.

  • Evaluation: Evaluates effectiveness of care and modifies the plan accordingly; Includes patient/family in evaluating effectiveness of care.

  • Documentation: Documents all contacts with patients, family, caregivers, physicians and team members; Documents patient/family response to teaching; Documentation reflects knowledge/application of reimbursement requirements; Documentation is complete, clear and concise; Documents in the patient record appropriate and coordinated use of community resources; All documentation is completed in a timely manner as defined by PVNA policy.

  • Patient Data Security: Complies with the PVNA “Securing Patient Data During Offsite Patient Care” policy; Keeps passwords privates; Locks devices when not in use to prevent unauthorized viewing; Exits out of RoadNotes before closing the laptop; Shuts down the laptop at the end of the shift; Immediately notifies a manager of any loss of patient data; Participates in annual “patient information security” training; Will return patient information (electronic or paper) to the PVNA office when away from work more than 4 scheduled work days and/or will be out of town rather than storing in their home (see CSM 275).

  • Professional Practice: Represents PVNA in a professional manner at all times; Communicates respectfully and collaboratively with all employees valuing the strengths of diversity and teamwork; Interacts with supervisor regularly; Reports out-of-ordinary circumstances to supervisor; Performs other duties as assigned; Serves on committees and/or task forces to better meet the needs of patients improve working conditions or to improve quality of care or increase productivity; Performs process improvement activities as assigned; Participates in peer review; Actively participates in identifying ways of improving work quality, patient services and/or job task; Identifies own strengths, area for growth and goals with the supervisor during evaluation process; Consistently demonstrates a positive customer service attitude; Applies critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in practice; Willingly engages in professional debate and demonstrates a willingness to explore practice strategies that maximize patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness; Demonstrates accountability for patient care outcomes; Promotes continuity of patient care; Meets productivity expectations; Provides feedback to peers sharing knowledge and expertiseAssists in the orientation of new staff members and students as appropriate and requested; Adjusts schedule if unexpected problems occur; Takes responsibility for maintaining optimal personal health - attendance and punctuality meet standards identified in personnel policies; Participates in 80% of staff meetings and educational meetings; Completes annual CPR, body mechanics, infection control updates; Manages bag per PVNA policy.

  • Professional Ethics: Promotes patient's right to self-determination, privacy, and confidentiality; Functions as patient advocate while promoting self-care; Identifies, discusses and resolves ethical concerns with other team members, clinical managers and the Ethics Committee as appropriate; Maintains therapeutic professional boundaries in all contacts with patients, families and staff per PVNA policy; Behaviors adhere to the principles and requirements outlined in the “Providence Health Care Integrity Program”: Participates in compliance related training and ongoing education; Properly applies related Medicaid and Medicare regulations in performing job responsibilities; Asks questions and seeks guidance from manager or appropriate resource if unsure of a policy or procedure; Immediately reports any concerns, or suspected violation of integrity program to manager or compliance coordinator as appropriate.

  • Safety: Promotes accident prevention for self, co-workers, patients and families by following established safety procedures; Proactively works with patients and caregivers to create a safe environment for care; Follows PVNA guidelines for assessing and managing safety risks, ie weapons, mental illness, domestic violence, pets; Alerts colleagues of risk factors to coordinate a management plan; Identifies the PVNA protocol for accessing security or a security escort; Identifies and utilizes process for concern/incident reporting; Follows the PVNA check-in procedure; Uses appropriate body mechanics/ergonomic positioning; Follows office safety and building security procedures; Obeys traffic laws, including speed limits and seat belt use; Maintains vehicle for safety and secures equipment and supplies; Operates cell phone per policy and not while driving.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master of Social Work degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Current Washington State registration as an Agency Affiliated Counselor

  • Requires current valid driver’s license for operation of vehicle

  • Personal vehicle insurance at prudent coverage levels as determined by PVNA management

  • 1 year Social work expereince in a health care setting

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Current Clinical Social Worker licensure

  • Certification by the Academy of Certified Social Workers

  • 2 to 5 years experience in health care setting

About the ministry you will serve.

Providence VNA Home Health is a not-for-profit, home health ministry serving patients in their places of residence in the greater Spokane community of Washington state. We provide health care for patients of all ages who have a temporary condition such as post-surgical care, or are recovering from or living with a chronic condition. Our skilled and compassionate team includes nurses, medical social workers, home health aides, registered dietitians, occupational/physical/speech therapists, and pharmacists.

For information on our comprehensive range of benefits, 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: Part-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Washington-Spokane Valley

Req ID: 285730