Social Worker - Oncology; Part-Time w/ Benefits


To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

The Oncology Social Worker works collaboratively with the health team. She/he will provide psychosocial services to individual patients, families or significant others and others persons who are facing the impact of cancer diagnosis. These services may include individual or group counseling, education, advocacy, discharge planning, and linking patients/families with variety of services that may be necessary to meet the needs of the patient.



  • 1. Referrals: Responds in timely manner to referrals from nurse navigators, physicians, dietitian, managers, RNs and other health care providers; patients and family members Documents patient encounters in EMR
  • 2. Services: Conducts & administers psychosocial assessment tool, facilitates crisis intervention, engages the patient and family in planning care, provides education regarding common emotional responses to cancer treatment and counsels regarding adjustments to serious illness Provides assistance with advance directives and /or end-of-life decision Refers patient and /or family to community resources Provides support & education to healthcare providers Complies and assists with the CoC standards Provides support to Cancer Program by attending Cancer Committee, Breast Program Committee and other committees as directed by manager
  • 3. Education and support: Leads support groups based of the needs of patients and caregivers Coordinates educational sessions for patients, families, caregivers and general community Maintains knowledge of community resources and governmental programs available from local, state and national agencies Participates in hospital wide or department committees that are directly or indirectly involve with the care of oncology patients
  • 4. Service Excellence: Enhances patient/family experience during the disease process by fostering coping and adaptation to diagnosis of center, treatment effects and side effects. Collaborates with other department to identify potential barriers to quality of patient experience.
  • 5. Performance Improvement Program: Uses clinical documentation, collects statistical data and provides recommendation to Oncology Program Director to improve the service and enhance the quality of care. Utilizes research to improve clinical practice and implement evidence-based psychosocial support program and interventions
  • 6. The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the unit's/area's/department's policies and procedures.




MSW with two years clinical experience.




3-5 years experience in health care setting preferably with oncology patients.




Current Connecticut license. Current drivers license.




Must be able to practice independently. Possess effective time management skills. Excellent communication skills and ability to remain calm during times of high stress and increased work demands Knowledge of the usual course of cancer and its treatment, psychosocial implications, appropriate interventions and available community and governmental resources. Knowledge and experience in facilitating groups. Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel and some knowledge of EMR




Moderate stress when working with patients/families in crisis, setting priorities when dealing with multiple problems, busy office environment and assisting with programs. Potential exposure to infectious diseases


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