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


Providence is calling a Social Worker (MSW) (Palliative Care, Day Shift, 1.0 FTE) to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, 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.

In this position you will:

  • Provide expertise and guidance for members of the staff throughout PSMMC as well as undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or other disciplines in the area of Palliative Care.

  • Provide an important informal leadership by promoting team functioning and performs duties in a manner which reflect the mission and core values of Providence Health acre.

  • Assist in the coordination and the activities at PSMMC, The Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care and the Community as requested.

  • Apply knowledge of psycho-social care in the support of Providence quality improvement initiatives.

  • Exhibits understanding and commitment to organization’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values and incorporates them into daily activities. Contributes to customer satisfaction in accordance with organizational guidelines which exceed guests, family, patient and provider expectations. Treats all others with respect and demonstrates excellence, justice, and compassion in daily work and relationships with others.

  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of quality palliative care services in accordance with organizational, professional, and scientific guidelines, exceeding community standards, including compliance with all laws, regulations, and requirements of appropriate licensing and accrediting bodies.

  • Identifies opportunities to optimize current services operations to expand Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning services through the continuum of care.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all information related to patients, medical staff, employees, and as appropriate, other information.

  • Accesses patient information only when authorized of in the course of patient care.

  • Does not share patient information with others except as required to provide patient care.

  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal relations in dealing with fellow employees, supervisors and other department employees, so that productivity and positive employee relations are maximized.

  • Maintains good rapport by interacting in conflict or stressful situations in a manner that facilitates constructive resolution.

  • Attends all required staff meetings.

  • Maintain current knowledge and understanding of the laws, rules, standards and regulations related to Palliative Care.

  • Consistently demonstrates and incorporates principles of safety and infection control into daily activities as outlined in Safety, Infection Control and Exposure Control manuals. Maintains knowledge of disaster policies and participates in disaster drills.

  • Expected to perform most job duties independently and in accordance with established departmental and hospital policies and procedures.

  • Complies with medical center, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, ensuring safe practices at all times.

  • Other tasks as delegated by leadership within scope of practice.


  • Assists with developing departmental goals, standards, and objectives which directly support the strategic plan and vision of the organization.

  • Provides input to management on staff relations including clinical performance management.

  • Assists in recruitment and clinical teaching responsibilities.

  • Strives to develop and expand professional skills.

  • Employee completes all tasks and duties accurately and timely within assigned shift.

  • Demonstrates initiative to perform job duties autonomously.


  • Attends mandatory and other education offerings per department and hospital requirements.

  • May assist with education on the unit.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work

  • Obtain Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) within one (1) year of hire (preferred upon hire)

  • Obtain Advance Care Planning Certification through Providence Health & Services (First Steps) within one year

  • 3 years Social Worker experience working with patients in an acute care setting

  • Providing patient and staff education

  • Grief counseling and crisis intervention

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Hospice and Palliative Certification

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) (preferred)

  • Advance Care Planning Certification (preferred)

About the hospital you will serve .

Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington is a full service hospital with some of the best technology, expertise, specialists and primary care physicians in the region. We have been named the 100 top hospitals in the United States by two separate, independent research companies, Solucient and Cleverly Associates. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern region of Washington state and offers a sunny, mild climate, the benefits of living in a historic college town, outdoor activities and excellent public & private schools at all levels.

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-Walla Walla

Req ID: 311200