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Alive Hospice

Hospice Social Worker

Alive Hospice


Job Summary

Alive provides its team members the ability to combine passion for healthcare and love of community in ways that impacts us all. Come serve with us!

The Hospice Social Worker provides an assessment for, and provision of, psychosocial services and support to patients and their families.  This role will be based out of the Alive Murfreesboro location.  There are three Social Workers on this team that work together to assist patients and families in Rutherford, Bedford, Cannon and Dekalb County. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs initial and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s psychosocial status and assists in accessing resources for social, financial, and community needs for adequately managing care and dealing with death.
  • Upon initial contact with the patient, reviews the services hospice is responsible for providing. Assists in obtaining informed consents.
  • Develops a plan of care that optimizes patient and family ability to cope with the psychosocial impact of illness and impending death.
  • Offers support, guidance and counseling in order to diminish stress and enhance emotional wellbeing.
  • Provides information about and/or refers to other community resources that are available to supplement psychosocial needs.
  • Describes additional Alive Hospice support services that may be used if appropriate, to ease care-giving demands (i.e., Patient Care Volunteer, Home Health Aide, Respite).
  • Educates patient and family about Advance Directives as a means of promoting self-determined life closure.
  • Assists patients and families to complete Advance Directives as needed.
  • Initiates opportunities for patient and family to discuss funeral planning and burial arrangements.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary care planning conference.
  • Collaborates with other team members about ongoing psychosocial issues and family dynamics in order to heighten the delivery of empathetic and emotionally supportive care.
  • Assesses family’s bereavement needs throughout the duration of the patient’s life and develops a bereavement plan of care for the family following the patient’s death. This includes referral to Grief Support Services as necessary.
  • Facilitates bereavement support groups.
  • Conducts presentations to professional and community organizations about patient services, issues related to death and dying and bereavement support groups.
  • Attends department meetings.
  • Serves on department and agency committees.
  • Attends mandatory agency in-services as part of continuing education.
  • Completes all clinical documentation in a timely manner, per Alive Hospice policy.
  • Notifies team members of significant changes in patient status, using established agency procedures.
  • Completes required EMR documentation to reflect time worked and mileage accrued.
  • Follows all agency protocols, policies and procedures appropriately.
  • Participates in the after-hours on call program and is available to respond in situations when the need for psychosocial care arises.


Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work required. One (1) year of work experience preferred in healthcare or agency setting; Hospice experience preferred.  State of Tennessee licensure as an LMSW required or working toward said license. Current Tennessee driver’s license and automobile insurance as required by state law.

Additional Information


Alive offers a full benefit package including health, dental and vision coverage, a retirement plan to which Alive will match your contribution up to 3% at rate of 0.5, a team-centered environment and ongoing education and professional development.

How to Apply

Apply directly here or go to alivehospice.org/careers.


  • Date Posted: September 27, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 10/17/2022
  • Working Hours: M-F 40 hrs/week with some oncall responsibility