This Social Worker Coordinator (Palliative Care Coordinator) position is located in Geriatrics and Extended Care Service and is not a bargaining unit position. This is a full time permanent position. The work schedule is: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Serves as the point of contact for all social work palliative care at the Providence VA Medical Center. Participates in the development, evaluation and communication of standards, policies and procedures and plans of care for palliative/hospice. Manages consults from within the facility, including determining if consults are appropriate, coordinating team meetings, ensuring communication with community hospice agencies and serving as a resource for VA staff that make community agency referrals for hospice/palliative care or respite care. Coordinates and monitors and act on referrals, assessment, tracking data bases specific to the program, complete documentation reports pertaining to productivity, trends and trainings. Identifies and develops program resources in the community providing liaison with these providers for best care at end of life. Conducts goals of care conversations and provide veterans and their caregivers ongoing individual and family supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic progressive and/or terminal illness. Educates the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assist and advocate with establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advanced Directives/Living Will, Organ Donation, Life-sustaining Treatment decisions and will refer Veterans/Families to other GEC programs or appropriate VA resources for identified health education needs. Evaluates program practices using relevant statues and regulations and act to improve identified deficiencies. Provides bereavement services to Veteran's and their family including bereavement assessment to identify and explore risk factors for complicated grief. Work Schedule: The work schedule will be determined based on the needs of the Medical Center. The Providence VA Medical Center is an acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The work schedule will be determined based on the needs of the Medical Center and shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.