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Introduction

Why do hospice social work

Why read this blog

Part 1: Getting started with hospice social work

Chapter 1: Define hospice social work success

Two kinds of success in hospice social work

Who knows what a hospice social worker does?

The simple way to describe what a hospice social worker does

How you know you’re succeeding as a hospice social worker

Chapter 2: Get your first hospice social work job

How to get a job in hospice straight out of school

Four steps to take now to prepare for a hospice job in the near future

How to do hospice social work: what to learn before your interview

Chapter 3: Getting started at a new position

The hospice patient information spreadsheet – what it is and why it’s important

Advice from hospice social workers on starting a new position

Chapter 4: Initial psychosocial assessments

The hospice psychosocial assessment: your first contact with a new patient

The ASSESSMENT part of the hospice psychosocial assessment

How the hospice social worker can make a great first impression on new clients

Help patients get more out of your service by listing what you provide

Chapter 5: Advance Directives

Advance directives and the hospice social worker

Hospice and MPOAs: 3 reasons hospice patients need a proxy

What hospice social worker’s need to know about how MPOAs work

DNRs & Hospice: clarifying the social worker’s role

5 important steps in managing DNRs

Ethical issues of encouraging funeral planning

How to compassionately discuss funeral planning

Chapter 6: Routine visits

The reason for frequent routine visits

Routine visit checklist

The key to connection

Chapter 7: Community resource referrals

Getting “pushy” with community resources in hospice

Pushy persuasiveness: The hospice social worker’s super power

How you can succeed in resource advocacy for hospice patients (and the approach you must avoid/overcome)

Slight detour as a family member receives a terminal diagnosis

What I’m learning about hospice as I face my grandfather’s illness, Part 1

When family members decline hospice (Hospice social work lesson 2 learned while witnessing my grandfather’s care)

Don’t push hospice. The need of a spokesperson. (Hospice social work lessons 3 and 4 learned while witnessing my grandfather’s care.)

Chapter 8: Enrichment

Enriching the lives of hospice patients

Uncover your patients’ wildest dreams so you can help them come true

Adventures in enriching the lives of hospice patients

Chapter 9: Documentation

Hospice social work visit notes made easy

Tricks to getting documentation done faster

Chapter 10: IDT meeting participation

Navigating the interdisciplinary team meetings

Sad truth about hospice IDTs: Rank always matters

What to be ready to report during IDT meetings

Chapter 11: Attending deaths

Attending a death as a hospice social worker: Keep the wild puppy still!

Attending death without agenda

Part 2: Advanced approaches to patient and family care

Chapter 12: The hospice social worker mindset

Elements of the hospice social worker mindset: belief in solutions

Hospice social workers: Before you can “be there,” you gotta get there

Secure vulnerability: being emotionally present in a professional role

Acceptance: element #4 of the hospice social worker mindset

3 characters that describe the social worker mindset (and a confession of sexism)

Chapter 13: Counseling in Hospice

Counseling in hospice: Comfort comes first, breakthroughs come on occasion

Hospice counseling: Forming a therapeutic relationship

3 keys to trusting and comfortable relationships with hospice patients

Irvin Yalom’s wisdom for hospice social workers

When hospice patients or family members won’t stop talking

Chapter 14: Provide social/emotional support to non-verbal patients

Interacting with non-verbal patients as a hospice social worker

Hearing the silent: Why hospice social workers must listen to even non-verbal patients

And theres’s more coming soon!

Part 3: Surviving hospice office politics (a.k.a. keeping your job)

Part 4: Learning, developing, staying healthy and not burning out