Social Worker (MSW)


The MSW provides medical social work services to Hospice patients and their families as a part of the interdisciplinary care team. Addresses biopsychosocial needs and concerns through assessment, counseling, resource development, and advocacy. Assesses for pre-death grief and bereavement needs of the patient and family. Provides support, education, and consultation to the interdisciplinary team.

Full Description:

Completes biopsychosocial assessments that guide practice and are repeated throughout the episode of care. Provide counseling, brief therapies, mediation, and psychoeducation to patients and their circles of support.  Addresses a variety of needs and situations including increasing coping skills, hospice and palliative care philosophy, nonpharmacological symptom management strategies, and advance care planning.

Identify and link patients and families with community resources. Document social work activities in the clinical record per Hospice standards.

Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, staff meetings, ethics consultations, and other meetings as requested. Work collaboratively as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team(s). Participate in taking on-call responsibilities as necessary including weekends and evenings.

Adhere to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff, and the organization. Maintain quality and productivity standards. Supervise Master level field placement students when applicable. Participate in providing support to staff and volunteers in coping with compassion fatigue.

Demonstrate understanding and adherence to professional Codes of Ethics and related organizational policies. Participate in the orientation of volunteers and staff as requested. Performs all duties as assigned by the Manager or Designee.


Master of Social Work (MSW) degree required from an accredited program.


Minimum one (1) year of professional paid social work experience or an advanced graduate practicum placement in a hospice program required. Paid social work experience in hospice/health care setting preferred.


Current Washington State Social Work licensure or must meet the requirements to become an Agency Affiliated Counselor upon hire required. Current Washington State Driver’s License and Automobile Insurance are also required.

Hiring Manager Contact Information:

If you have questions or would like to apply for this position, use the form to the right to submit your resume or ask a question. You may also call 360-814-5550.

Social worker with patient

Katie Davis, Hospice Social Worker, talks about working at Hospice of the Northwest

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