Job Description

Social Worker - LCSW - Inpatient Hospice
Job CategoryProfessional
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift


he role of the hospice social worker is to advocate for the patient’s end-of-life wishes and help patients and families address the emotional aspects of late-stage illness. Complete a psychosocial assessment to determine the best care to provide in order to increase the quality of life and foster a positive environment. Represent and advocate for the patient and family throughout the dying process. Assist families in identifying other available community services and resources for additional support.



Conduct initial and ongoing psychosocial assessments of identified patients and families to obtain information about home environment, family relationships, and health history to ensure coordinated psycho social support with other disciplines and community resources.

Plans, organizes, directs and schedules spiritual programs and services that meet the needs of patients/families, hospital employees, and medical staff.

Assesses bereavement needs of survivors and communicates these to bereavement coordinator.

Consults with hospital staff regarding hospital ministry; collaborates with members of the hospital care team in identifying and resolving problems. 

Provide emotional support to patients and families that may exhibit feelings of anxiety and stress brought on by their illness, hospitalization, or impending death.

Acts as a liaison between patient, family, and hospital staff during periods of crisis, e.g. illness, dying, lengthy or difficult surgery.

Develops and implements the patient’s initial and continuing care plan.

Interprets nature of illness and prescribed course of treatment to patients and families; communicates family issues to other staff members; participates in planning conferences.

Plans for needed care with nurse practitioner, physician, patient, and family. 

Introduces programs designed to meet the needs of the elderly after discharge and make appropriate referrals and arrangements for services.

Acts as liaison between medical/nursing staff, patients, families, and community, arranging for post-discharge care and patient’s transportation.

Maintains current, accurate documentation in the client’s medical record

Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.

Performs related duties as assigned.



EDUCATION:  Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university. Active license as LCSW through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

EXPERIENCE:  Two (2) years of post-master’s social work experience in an acute care setting preferred.

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: HeartSaver First Aid/CPR or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required per department. Valid AZ fingerprint clearance card may be required per department.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Master’s Degree in Social Work and licensure as LCSW by AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners required.



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