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Providence Health & Services Palliative Care MSW in Lacey, Washington


Providence is calling a Palliative Care MSW (1.0 FTE/40 hours per week, Day Shift) to work for the Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic in Olympia, WA.

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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.

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).

  • 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

  • Appropriately identifies actual and potential care issues within scope of practice. Provides short term counseling and crisis intervention for patients and families

  • Evaluates ethical dilemmas and value conflicts and considers questions related to religion, spirituality, and the meaning of life

  • Develops and manages a coordinated plan of care to meet care managed patient and/or family needs within scope of practice. Evaluates post-acute care environment for accessibility and adaptive needs


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or Related Field

  • Active Social Work or mental health license in Washington state

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Licensed SW Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) or Licensed SW Associate Advanced (LSWAA)

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

  • Three (3) years social services experience with a health care related organization; experience should include a minimum of 2 years in a multi-disciplinary health care setting and specialized training in palliative care and/or hospice

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence St. Peter Hospital is a 390-bed, not-for-profit regional teaching hospital. Located in Olympia, WA, St. Peter offers comprehensive rehabilitation, medical, surgical and behavioral health services. We have been ranked as one of the top 100 hospitals and as one of 10 premier healthcare employers in the nation and have recently achieved the coveted Magnet®" recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®. Our hospital rests on a 173-acre campus, much of which includes natural forest and preserved wetlands that maintain a healing environment for patients and staff.

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

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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.

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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-Lacey

Req ID: 331632