Social Worker - Cancer Services

Posted Date: 8/16/2021

Job Location: St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center, 311 South Clark St, (Southeast edge of St. Anthony Campus), Carroll, IA, 51401
Department: Cancer Services
Employment Type: Part-Time

Job Description

SUMMARY The oncology social worker is a core member of the cancer care team and assesses psychological needs of patients and families. The oncology social worker formulates an intervention plan addressing these needs. This plan will enable individuals and their families to access appropriate services within the limits of available resources and achieve improved levels of health and functioning based upon optimal psychosocial adjustment. This position works collaboratively with the professional care team from multiple disciplines to develop and implement an interdisciplinary plan to provide coordinated care to improve outcomes for patients with a cancer diagnosis.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Collaborates and participates with the nurse and the multidisciplinary team in the ongoing clinical social work assessment of each patient. This includes the assessment and evaluation of a psychosocial distress evaluation on each patient.

Facilitates and coordinates non-medical/social/cultural resources, including but not limited to Hospice, Nursing Home placement, Home Health and Community based Social Services

Assists with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual issues that oncology patients and their families deal with through their disease continuum.

Assists with the transition from active treatment to the various issues that accompany survivorship

Utilizes knowledge, skills and compassion to actively listen in unique and dedicated ways while providing a non-judgmental setting for people to share their joys, fears, strengths and weaknesses

Organizes, facilitates and attends the cancer support group meetings and works on ways to expand services to outlying communities. Serves as an advocate in the community for cancer health promotion activities

Attends patient care conferences and chart rounds

Provides assistance in obtaining government entitlements; i.e. food stamps. Medicaid, SSI, Social Security, Medicare, FMLA

Conducts individual and family meetings to address barriers to care and psychosocial distress. Utilizes the distress screening tool

Identifies and delivers culturally-competent social work interventions to meet identified needs

Serves as a patient/family advocate around concerns such as patient confidentiality, informed consent, patient autonomy and self-determination

Documents assessments, interventions and referrals in the medical record according to documentation standards. Participates in the development or revision of policies/procedures pertaining to patient care processes

Works with the multidisciplinary cancer team to develop additional patient support programs.

Complies with the Corporate Compliance Policy and all laws, regulations, and Standards of Conduct relating to the position and agrees to report any suspected violations of law or Standards of Conduct.

Complies with all applicable state and federal regulations.

Attends all mandatory meetings and programs; completes required CEU’s for licensure.

Maintains a safe work environment using safe work practices, utilizing standard precautions and complying with hazardous waste procedures at all times as described in St. Anthony's Safety Manual.

Maintains the confidentiality of patient, resident, employee and organizational information.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


B.A. degree in Social Work (Master’s degree in social work preferred or obtained within 3 years of employment.)

3 years of experience in healthcare preferred

Minimum of 2 years of oncology- related experience preferred


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, customers, patients, families and the general public.


B.A degree in Social Work with a Masters preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS the physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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