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Allison Shukraft Named Mecklenburg County’s Social Worker of the Year

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Allie is also an Advisory Board Member to StoryCorps, a nationally recognized agency supporting the preservation of oral history, heard nationwide on National Public Radio. Allie was instrumental in bringing StoryCorps to Levine Children’s Hospital for families to participate in an oral interview that will get archived at the Library of Congress.

Allison (“Allie”) Shukraft, MSW, a pediatric palliative care social worker on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (ACT) at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, was recently named the 2013 Social Worker of the Year for Mecklenburg County.

Allie works with children that have chronic, life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. She assesses how different children can measure their quality of life – for example, through imagery or cartoon characters – and then utilizes those resources to improve their quality of life. 

“I am often told how invaluable Allie is to the medical team, as well as her patients and families,” said Lynna´ Alvarnas, RN BSN, Allie’s supervisor who nominated her for the award.  “She arranges family care conferences; offers psychosocial support to patients, families and staff members; discusses the goals of care; and helps families to weigh in and understand the benefits and burdens of their options.” 

Allie is the Chair of the Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Network’s Self-Care Committee, which is System-wide. Allie has trialed a self-care program and is in the process of implementing the program to all of the palliative care teams at the metro-area hospitals. This program focuses on the well-being of the palliative care teams at each of the facilities.

The 2013 Social Worker of the Year for Mecklenburg County award evaluates social workers on the following:

  • The nominee must hold a degree of BSW or MSW.
  • Nominees are evaluated on how they’ve continuously gone above and beyond their job description in more than one instance involving:
    1. The wellbeing of a patient
    2. Seeking out new and appropriate resources on behalf of patients
    3. Sharing knowledge with patients, families, peers and colleagues
    4. Advocating effectively for the wellbeing of patient and family at all times.
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