Banner Health Licensed Social Services Professional-Social Worker Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona


Nurses play a critical role in patient care. They’re the smiling faces patients see when they’re sick; they’re advocates for the patients and their families. Truly, they are the heartbeat of a hospital. We care about you, your nursing career today and your future. Great options and great opportunities.

As a Licensed Social Services Professional (LMSW or LCSW) working with the Oncology team in Tucson, you will have an opportunity to help patients improve their quality of life! You will be able to participate in community outreach programs, quality and process improvement initiatives, development of patient and family educational materials, as well as, opportunities for continued learning and professional growth and development. You will enjoy a set schedule of Monday-Friday. If your desire is to be part of a growing program on the forefront of Cancer Treatment and Research, then come join us in Tucson Arizona and become a part of this amazing team of professionals.

The Oncology Team consists of:

-Experienced physicians: Medical Oncologist, Surgical Oncologists

A team of professional oncology specialists including a Clinical Pharmacist, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Research team and Medical Assistants.

-The Comprehensive Team includes Nutritionist, Infusion Nurses, Financial Counselors and a Patient Advocate

-Supportive Care team comprised of licensed social workers, provider specialists in pain and palliative care, psychosocial support, and complementary and alternative therapies.

-Staff are committed to delivering professional, compassionate care at all touch points throughout UACC.

Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.


About Banner - University Medical Center Tucson

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson is nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health-care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research. Also located on the campus is Diamond Children's - recognized for its specialized pediatric services including neonatal and intensive care, emergency medicine and cancer therapies. Banner - University Medical Center Tucson is Southern Arizona's only Level 1 Trauma Center, meaning we care for the most critically injured patients. The hospital is consistently listed among the nation's top hospitals in the prestigious Best Hospitals ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Our nurses' innovative, safe and thoughtful care has been recognized with Magnet ™ designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital's physicians are full-time faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. Our specialty services include comprehensive heart and cancer care, advanced neuroscience techniques and a multi-organ transplant program. For more information about Tucson, please visit:

About Banner Health

Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to make health care easier, so life can be better. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.


Job Summary

This position develops, coordinates and provides social work services to patients and families who are faced with social, emotional and situational stressors precipitated by illness, injury, and/or disability. The goal is to aid in adaptation and empower the patient and the family to participate to the fullest of their abilities in the discharge planning process. This position provides developmentally appropriate care for the population that it serves which includes planning for the safe discharge and continuity of care, the ability to recognize and plan for the unique needs of all ages as well as the physically disabled, mentally ill, chronically ill and terminally ill patient.

Essential Functions

  • Processes and facilitates the assessment with analysis of functional and psychological needs of the patient within the framework of his/her developmental stage, functional abilities, cultural milieu, and support network. Assessment of the relationship of the patient's medical needs to the patient's home situation, financial resources, and availability of community resources. Assessment of the social and emotional factors related to the patient's illness, need for care, response to treatment, and adjustment to care. Assessment includes: initial assessments, behavioral observations, test (MMSE, depression screening, substance abuse screening), resource identification - strength based, collection and analysis of information to determine an individuals treatment needs.

  • Formulates a plan of intervention acceptable to the patient, family, and health care team. Facilitate adjustments to the plan of care when necessary to promote enhanced outcomes. Collaborates with all members of the healthcare team to develop, manage, and communicate patient needs and discharge plans.

  • Documents all interventions in the patient medical record both timely and accurately including all elements of the transitional care plan to include the discharge plan.

  • Provides advocacy, assistance, support, counseling and crisis intervention to patients and families. Facilitates hospital-sponsored support groups.

  • Functions in a liaison role between the hospital and community in making community resources available to the patient and family.

  • Maintains knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and other program benefits to assist patients with discharge planning and choices. Knowledge of contemporary behavioral health and system theories relevant to health care, end of life dynamics, and interventions; grief and bereavement counseling, substance abuse identification and interventions, support of victims of abuse, neglect, or violence. Provides professional education to staff and community.

  • Gather / assessing information, apply counseling and developmental theories, utilizing diagnostic frameworks, and engage in collaborative treatment planning.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field. A Masters Degree in Social Work may be required in some areas based on business need and compliance.

Requires a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) (equivalent*) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). An equivalent license applies to states that do not recognize an LMSW; therefore, the employee must possess a Masters Degree and be a Licensed Social Worker. For assignments in an acute care setting, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is also required.

Requires a proficiency level typically achieved with 3 years acute care hospital experience. Banner Registry and Travel positions require a minimum of one year experience in an acute care hospital setting. Experience must include working in an acute care setting within the past 12 months as a Social Worker MSW in the specialty area.

Must have knowledge of government/community resources such as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care or any other applicable resources/services. Must demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, effective communication skills, human relations skills and time management skills. In acute care, must be able to work flexible hours and take rotating call after hours.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

Job Number 216249

Facility Banner - University Medical Center Tucson

Shift Day

Department Banner-- Univ Med Ctr Tucson - C/P-NC Hemonc-Clinic

Position Type FT: Full-Time

Internal Code A COREHTF

Street Address 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

City & State US-AZ-Tucson

Posting Category Social Services