Job Summary: With minimal supervision, provides professional and competent spiritual care ministry and is responsible for serving the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs of others in a variety of settings. The Chaplain provides a holistic approach to improve the health and quality of life to patients, their loved-ones, and in the community they serve.
1. Provides spiritual care to patients, families, and hospital staff through spiritual assessments, hospitality, and religious and spiritual ministry according to established standards and guidelines.
2. Provides, or arranges for, the sacramental needs of patients, their families, and hospital staff as assigned or commissioned.
3. Participates, where possible, in interdisciplinary team meetings at specific units to provide spiritual and emotional input into patient care plans.
4. Creates or coordinates in-service education to the healthcare team and community regarding religion, spirituality and medical care.
5. Creates and facilitates community education events (workshops, conferences, support groups, etc) related to one’s congregational affiliation.
6. Documents spiritual care assessments, interventions and on-going services in the medical records within the same day the service was provided.
7. Supports the department through attending/participating in department meetings, in-services, memorial/ecumenical services and team building activities/events.
8. Maintains knowledge of current trends in the field with on-going education through literature, audio-visual and web conferences, retreats, etc., for professional growth and shares information learned from these forums.
1. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
2. Participates in Spiritual Care Department staff meetings and assists in department planning.
3. Respond to patient requests regarding information/education about, and the completion of, Advanced Directives.
Minimum Position Qualifications:
Education: Bachelors Degree in Theology or Divinity or related field.
License/Certification: Endorsement of one’s Ecclesial Authority.
Preferred Position Qualifications:
1. Certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional
Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains, or Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
2. Some experience in a hospital setting.
3. Four units of Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent.
4. Language skills in Spanish is helpful.