QUALIFICATIONS

Ordained, commissioned, or credentialed according to the practices of an organized religious group. Completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); or has a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in counseling or related subjects and has, within ninety (90) days of hire, completed specific training to include: common spiritual issues in death and dying; belief systems of comparative religions related to death and dying; spiritual assessment skills; individualizing care to patient beliefs; and varied spiritual practices/rituals. Master's in Theology or Master of Divinity preferred. Two (2) years experience in hospice pastoral/chaplaincy or its equivalent. Expertise in community organization, communication skills, differing theological points of view, rituals, customs, and beliefs.

REPORT TO

Branch Manager/Agency Supervisor

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY

Must demonstrate basic knowledge of all procedures included in the Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor job description. Must have the ability to follow instructions from the physician, nursing supervisor, and other professional staff. Must communicate effectively with managers, patients, families, and co-workers. Must be able to assess safety of home situations for self, patients, and other staff members, including physical and psychological dangers. Must have the ability to effectively cope with patients, families, and all others with varying backgrounds, socioeconomic conditions, and value judgments. Must maintain confidentiality of information relating to the patient and family. Will discuss only those aspects necessary to the care and treatment of patient and family with those directly involved in the patient’s care.

JOB DUTIES

(includes but not limited to the following)

1. Responsible for assuring there is a documented assessment of the spiritual needs of the patient and family within seven days of admission and that spiritual care provided reflects assessed needs.
2. Provides spiritual/pastoral support in accordance with ongoing wishes and needs of the patient/family.
3. Offers a visit to each patient. If the patient declines spiritual counselor visits, the spiritual counselor will serve as a resource for other interdisciplinary team members to assess spiritual needs and provide care. Coordinates with other spiritual care providers the patient/family may have identified.
4. Develops an individualized spiritual/pastoral plan of care, which demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the patient, and provides spiritual support as needed and defined by the patient/family.
5. Conducts religious services of prayer, worship, and rituals for patients/families, as appropriate.

Job Description

6. Offers patients/families of different philosophies and religious beliefs opportunities to discuss and share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values.
7. Documents provided counseling in the patient’s clinical record.
8. Works with other professionals in resolving spiritual/pastoral/ethical issues.
9. Works in a team approach with members of the IDT/IDG and other qualified professionals, as determined by the hospice, to evaluate patient/family response to care.
10. Upon request, meets with individual staff regarding personal spiritual/pastoral issues that may affect their ability to function effectively.
11. Assists in developing and updating the plan of care.
12. Supports staff with bereavement.
13. Assesses patient/family response to, and satisfaction with, provided care.
14. Participates in development of approaches to meet staff counseling needs.
15. Provides patient/family chaplain services as necessary. Serves as a consultant and resource person to the staff.
16. Provides crisis and long-term counseling to address complex spiritual anguish, confusion, and issues of belief.
17. Participates in Interdisciplinary Care Team Meetings, and assists in developing and reviewing care plans, admissions, and discharges.
18. Attends in-services and staff meetings as required.
19. Other duties as assigned by management.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Must be able to complete all physical demands of the assignment. Have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and have manual dexterity with normal range of motion of all extremities. Must have the ability to maintain objectivity in coping with the stress of working with acute, chronic, and terminally ill patients.