The social worker is that member of the interdisciplinary team whose primary function is to provide diagnostic evaluations of the psychosocial problems of the patient/family unit, define social service goals for alleviating these problems, and help provide both the counseling and casework needed to meet these goals. Ability to cope with the stress of repeated loss as well as give support to the rest of the team. Thorough knowledge of community resources or the desire/ability to obtain this knowledge. Knowledge of the dying process and bereavement. Knowledge and basic understanding of the psychosocial process operative in terminally ill patients and their families.
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care. Our nurses combine critical thinking, communication, expert clinical skills and compassion to care for terminally ill patients and their families during one of the most important phases of their lives.