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MSW NICU (experience preferred)

Location: Teaneck, NJ, United States
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Holy Name is New Jersey's last remaining independent, Catholic health system, comprising a comprehensive 361-bed acute care medical center, a cancer center, medical fitness center, residential hospice, nursing school, and physician network. The system has a national reputation for providing culturally sensitive care to a diverse population, drawing patients from across the New York City region to its specialty centers and renowned doctors. Holy Name's mission to provide technologically advanced, compassionate and personalized care extends across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance. The system is known as a high-quality, low-cost provider of extraordinary clinical care given by compassionate, highly trained physicians and staff.

A Brief Overview

Core responsibilities include conducting psychosocial assessments, coordinating care, providing counselling and psychotherapy, intervening in client crisis situations, and educating patients and families about their treatment plan and the available resources and support systems. Works collaboratively as a part of the multidisciplinary team to provide palliative education and support to patients, families, and members of the healthcare team

What you will do

  • Psychosocial assessment including patient and family history, presenting concerns, and assessment of strengths, needs and vulnerabilities.
  • Assesses patient/family/caregiver (PFC) physical, psychological, socioeconomic, spiritual and symptom management needs.
  • Assesses Patient/Family/Caregiver advance care planning needs and actively participate in goals of care conversations.
  • Develops a social work treatment plan based on a biopsychosocial and spiritual assessment of PFC including variables such as environment, support systems, family dynamics, roles & relationships, finances, culture, perception of illness, cognitive and emotional integration of diagnosis, prognosis, history of loss, and expressed needs.
  • Provides liaison function between system-wide outpatient palliative care team and inpatient palliative care team, discharge planning, and social service departments.
  • Provides liaison function between palliative care team and community hospice, home care agencies, long-term care facilities and other community services as needed.
  • Participates in palliative care quality improvement initiatives.
  • Facilitates communication between patient and/or family and team including active participation in family meetings.
  • Functions as an integral team member by receiving and offering feedback, building respect and trust.
  • Designs and provides education on palliative care to other health care professionals
  • Keeps current with social work and health care developments and seeks to enhance job related knowledge through involvement with local, state, and national palliative care initiatives
  • Provides ongoing psychotherapeutic intervention, counseling, and education to alleviate emotional factors related to loss, complex medical issues, adjustment to chronic/terminal disease, and anticipatory grief.
  • All other duties as assigned

Education Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) preferred

Experience Qualifications

  • Minimum of one year post Master's experience in a healthcare setting preferred
  • NICU experienced preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced social work assessment skills, communicate effectively, critical thinking skills. Able to collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker upon hire required
  • LCSW upon hire preferred

Holy Name is a mission-driven facility whose quality standards and philosophy are rooted in the principles of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Those principles are exercised daily by the Medical Center's dedicated and talented team of physicians, nurses, allied health employees, and a wide variety of non-clinical administrative and operational staff members. Holy Name is an Equal Opportunity Employer.