NX Living Donor Program Counselor - Social Work Svc (0.001FTE, Days)

Category: Psychology & Social Science
Job Type: Part-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Palo Alto CA 94034
Req: 14163
FTE: 0.001

Psychology&Social Science

0.001 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job. 

The Living Donor Program Counselor provides an array of clinical services to living donors and their families throughout the donor care process, representing the interests of all candidates being considered for live organ donations. Conducts pre-transplant psychosocial clinical assessments of all living donors, assessing and affirming aspects of informed consent, and providing supportive services throughout the donation process. Collaborates closely with other organ donation team members to provide candidacy recommendations, informing them of any identified risk(s) associated with donation and the magnitude of the risk(s), and to promote positive psychosocial outcomes for living donors.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

•    Provides clinical assessment and supportive services for donors and potential donor to promote positive psychosocial outcomes. 

•    Conducts psychosocial assessments for candidacy to donate which includes, but is not limited to: social history and support system, lifestyle factors which may impact the decision to donate, mental health and psychiatric status (past and current), substance use history, financial/insurance/work status and impact, motivational factors, etc. Provides psycho-education as required. 

•    Assesses potential donor's understanding of donor process and risks such as medical, surgical, psychosocial, and expected recipient treatment options and outcomes. 

•    Affirms understanding of psychosocial consequences of donation such as lost wages, mood disturbance, family disruption, relapse, etc. 

•    Affirms informed consent, identifying and documenting any presence of ambivalence, family pressure, learning and/or understanding barriers. 

•    Prepares candidacy recommendations report for the transplant team identifying any factors which may impact donor readiness and decision-making. Maintains records and makes written and oral reports as appropriate, ensuring required documentation is completed per CMS and UNOS specifications.

•    Collaborates with the team and patient to establish goals, monitor progress, address barriers to goal achievement and evaluate outcomes of individual care plans. Provides linkage to support services, psychoeducation, supportive counseling to donors and families.

•    Assists with the identification of support plans, coordination of time off work, and encouraging completion of power of attorney for healthcare.

•    Provides/plans for follow-up to meet patients' and families' psychological and situational adjustment.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience.

License/Certification: SW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) - Valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

•    Ability to apply theories, principles and practices of medical social work and of social services delivery systems in a hospital or medical center setting with particular knowledge associated with living donation and living donor transplantation.

•    Ability to independently plan and a schedule work to meet deadlines.

•    Assessment and evaluation skills.

•    Written and verbal communication skills.

•    Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

•    Ability to creatively address complex psychosocial situations.

•    Knowledge of and ability to apply effective assessment, interviewing, and counseling techniques.

•    Knowledge of hospital and medical center resources to access and provide for patient care needs, and act on behalf of client needs to obtain necessary services.

•    Utilizes appropriate conflict management skills, and seeks alternatives for problem solving.

•    Knowledge of the unique medical, psychosocial, surgical, and care needs of the potential living donor.

•    Knowledge of Living Donor regulations requiring the separation of donor from recipient.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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