Casual, non-benefited position working 0 - 15 hours per pay period as needed in the Hospice department. The Hospice Chaplain provides spiritual/pastoral/bereavement support and/or counseling to patients/families, hospice staff, and volunteers as needed aknowledging and respecting their beliefs, culture and values related to life's meaning including suffering and loss and a desire to receive support. Other duties include acting as a liaison between memebers of the clergy and hospice patients, bereavement services, community ministerial association attendance, and memorial services when requested. Clinical pastoral education preferred. A background check is required.
- Completes Spiritual/Pastoral assessment as related to terminal illness for all Hospice admission according to policies and procedures
- Provide spiritual/pastoral support in accordance with the wishes and needs of the patient/family.
- Participate in the development, update, and completion of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Plan of care.
- Develop an individualized spiritual/pastoral plan of care, which demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the patient/family.
- Provide spiritual support as needed and defined by the patient/family.
- Responsible for seeking resources to meet individual patient/family spiritual needs.
- Identify patient/family dynamics and communication patterns and support the patient/family involvement in the plan of care.
- Responsible for conducting religious services of prayer, worship and rituals for patients/families involvement in the plan of care as requested.
- Ensure patients/families of different philosophies and religious beliefs are offered opportunities to discuss and share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values.
- Responsible for working with other professionals to assist in resolving spiritual/pastoral/ethical issues.
- Document spiritual/pastoral counseling in the electronic medical record according to policy and procedure.
- Participates in the QA/PI process as requested.
- Participate with IDT members and other professionals (as determined by hospice) using the team approach in evaluating the patient/families satisfaction and response to care.
- Participate in the development of approaches to meet staff spiritual/pastoral counseling needs.
- Provide bereavement/spiritual support to staff as needed.
- Provide support and ensure availability to families during the bereavement period as needed.
- Assess special needs related to cultural diversity including communication role of family members and special traditions.
Graduate of an accredited seminary; or school of theology; or successfully completed four units of Clinical pastoral Education (CPE), or equivalent clinical training and experience; or endorsed by and is in good standing with a denomination or faith group that ordained and recognized the chaplain.
2 years of professional work experience.