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Palliative Care Educator, 40 hours — Boston Medical Center

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Member of the Palliative Care team working with hospitalized patients as part of a research study to educate and assist in advance care planning. The PCE will be trained in the Vital Talk program, a widely disseminated communication method that educates users on having patient-centered serious illness conversations. The PCE will then use these skills and specific videos at the bedside to guide structured advance care planning and goals-of-care discussions. Member of the Palliative Care team working with hospitalized patients as part of a research study to educate and assist in advance care planning. The PCE will be trained in the Vital Talk program, a widely disseminated communication method that educates users on having patient-centered serious illness conversations. The PCE will then use these skills and specific videos at the bedside to guide structured advance care planning and goals-of-care discussions.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:

  • Two-year grant funding minimum to work with hospitalized patients to provide educational support and assist in delivering palliative care services relating to goals-of-care conversations and ACP documentation.
  • Aids in establishing a Health Care Proxy if none exists.
  • Assists the palliative care team and/or directly facilitates patient-family meetings for goal setting and care planning.
  • Participates in palliative care quality improvement initiatives.
  • Provides liaison function between palliative care team and patients/families.
  • Attends monthly and periodic team meetings for the operational and administrative functions of the palliative care service.
  • Contributes to the development of new ideas that impact the program.
  • Works cooperatively with other team members.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Meets hospital-wide standards in the following areas:
  • Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
    • Utilizes hospital’s values as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the division’s hospital mission.
    • Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as necessary.

EDUCATION:

Masters in Social Work (MSW) is required

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:

Requires a Massachusetts Licensed Certified Social Worker

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of 2 years clinical experience in an inpatient, long-term care or hospice setting

Experience with advance care planning and goals-of-care communication preferred

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, diverse, decentralized environment, as a member of a health care team and comfortable working with multi-cultural families
  • Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational, and record keeping skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities at the same time effectively.
  • Knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to interpret and record data and understand basic medical terminology.
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills (beyond that of English) appropriate to the patient population served (especially Spanish, Portuguese Creole or Haitian Creole), are a big plus.

This is a grant funded position for 2 years.

Schedule is 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.
Req id: 18195