The Chaplain provides pastoral care; spiritual support and counseling to patients, families and caregivers during illness and hospitalization and, at times, through death.
Shift: Days; variable as needed
Essential job duties:
- The Chaplain assesses the spiritual needs of the patient, family and caregivers.
- Provides and/or oversees twenty-four hours pastoral care coverage.
- Provides spiritual and religious care and support to patients, families and caregivers, directly (as part of the Interdisciplinary Team); and/or indirectly through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors and staff.
- Attends Interdisciplinary Rounds, family meetings, as requested by Social Worker. Attends Butterfly Rounds.
- Serves as a liaison with patient/family’s faith leader to include them in the ongoing Plan of Care.
- Creates and establishes a network of community spiritual and religious resources. Utilizes and refers to community clergy and religious organizations to meet identified patients’ needs. Where needs exist, but appropriate services are unknown or inadequate, explores the possibility of available services or reasonable alternatives.
- Promotes an understanding of End-of-Life directives; and assists with the completion of advance directives when appropriate. Serves as a pastoral resource in the provision of emotional support and counseling to the family during the period of bereavement. Provides or coordinates liturgical and sacramental ministry to patients and their families. Administers the Christian sacraments as requested.
- Assists in planning and conducting regularly scheduled Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. Provides funeral/memorial services as needed and available.
- Assists in planning and providing activities to support staff when necessary. Examples would be support group following staff/patient loss, religious activities for staff and families (Ash Wednesday, for example), prayer groups, etc.
- Maintains the chapel with appropriate items and makes recommendations to manager for items needing to be purchased.
- Provides orientation and on-going education on spirituality, faith systems, spiritual assessment, intervention and the role of chaplain to the staff, volunteers and community.
Two years hospital chaplaincy experience. Excellent communication skills - ability to communicate respectfully across cultures and faiths. Demonstrates a broad interfaith theological knowledge base, familiarity with and understanding of the diversity of religious experiences across cultures; as well as emotional and physical development stages of children.
Proof of denomination membership and current ordination/endorsement by faith community. Board Certified or eligible.
Masters of Divinity or equivalent graduate degree, school of theology or Bible College. Completion of at least four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at an approved facility; or proof of completion within 18 months of employment.