This role is responsible for providing counseling and services to help meet the needs of the terminally ill Hospice patient and family, including pre and post death individual or family assessment and counseling. To work as a core member of the Hospice interdisciplinary team in providing Hospice care. Responsible for developing, implementing and supervising the bereavement program and for the delivery of related services.
Manage the bereavement services program utilizing professional staff, professional students and volunteers, including: bereavement follow-up by patient care staff and volunteers; plan, implement and supervise bereavement groups and events; develop new bereavement programs and services as needed
Oversee adequacy and appropriateness of bereavement programs for patient and family members; develop or obtain educational materials and programs for patients/families, staff, contracting nursing homes, and the community regarding loss, grief and coping with bereavement; design materials for distribution to families eligible for and /or receiving Hospice bereavement services
Plan and implement educational training program for internal staff development and to ensure staff is knowledgeable in current grief and loss theory to include normal vs complicated grief
Participate in the orientation and training of new employees, volunteers, and participants working in the Hospice program as well as supervise the volunteer component of bereavement services
Maintain bereavement resources for use with hospice patients, families, staff and volunteers, and as a community resource, promoting hospice as a philosophy and as a community resource
Complete or delegate completion of survivor bereavement risk in accordance with corporate, state, and federal regulations. Perform ongoing psychosocial assessments to identify bereaved strengths, needs and risks. Upon patient death, reassess bereaved coping skills and needs affecting the survivors’ grieving. Develop, implement and coordinate individualized goal-directed bereavement care plan. Provide grief counseling to facilitate and process normal grief. Screen and refer for complicated grief reactions
Assure documentation of all assessments, visits, group attendance, phone contacts, mailings, newsletter, and referral actions clearly and concisely in a timely manner
Participate in regularly scheduled interdisciplinary meetings and provide consultation regarding conditions affecting the patient and family adjustment and coping with grief
Collaborate with the Hospice Chaplain, Volunteer Coordinator and Social Worker to implement memorial services, workshops, psycho-educational bereavement support groups, and ongoing staff support to address and prevent compassion fatigue resulting from cumulative loss.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
Excellent oral/written communication skills. Ability to function independently and on an interdisciplinary team. Flexibility to meet the challenge of day-to-day schedule changes related to departmental needs. Ability to work in an organized manner and coordinate multiple tasks.
Ability to evaluate patient/family situation concerning Hospice eligibility and care, formulate a plan, implement appropriate interventions, and evaluate responses to the care/treatment.
Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited or approved or institution.
Experience or education in grief or loss counseling
Certification or licensure by the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
Valid USA driver’s license
Must have clean driving record that follows Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s driving guidelines
Minimum of two years experience in a health care or medical setting
Internal Number: 16161
About Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
If you look back on our history, you can easily see why we are so passionate about what we do. Sewn into the very fabric of Cheyenne Regional is a pioneering and steadfast determination to serve others—a quality that dates way back to 1867. That’s the year that we were founded as a frontier “tent” hospital, constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to treat workers who were injured building the transcontinental railroad.
One year later, the founders of Cheyenne purchased the tent and all of its medical supplies for $125 and established what is now known as Cheyenne Regional. As time passed, our buildings grew, our name changed and generations have come and gone. Through it all, our pioneering spirit and determination to provide the highest quality of care has continued to lead and inspire healthcare excellence in the region.
The responsibility for health is bigger than one person.
When you come to Cheyenne Regional, passionate physicians, nurses and staff will be here to encourage you throughout the healing process—with confidence, compassion and a personal touch. We know our region better than any other healthcare system, and we’re committed to providing you with the exce...ptional care you seek and deserve.
We offer a comprehensive line of healthcare services, including Cardiovascular, Cancer, Orthopedics, Neurosciences, Women and Children’s Services, Trauma, Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicine, Rehabilitation, Home Care, Hospice, Behavioral Health, Medical Imaging and Lab Services.
Cheyenne Regional Facts
Active/Associate Medical Staff: 170+
Number of licensed beds: 222
?120 medical-surgical (including same-day surgery, recovery rooms)
?16 pediatric medical-surgical
?15 intensive care
?20 physical rehabilitation (ARU)
?16 psychiatric care
?16 skilled nursing care (TCU)
Surgical suites: 10