The chaplain is responsible for implementing and coordinating the provision of spiritual support to patients and families in accordance with the hospice plan of care.
- Graduate degree e.g.: Master’s Divinity or Theology preferred or equivalent theological education.
- Minimum two years pastoral experience in a hospital or community ministry preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to be open, flexible and ecumenical.
- Experience counseling patients and families who are dealing with terminal illness.
- Demonstrated understanding of hospice philosophy and principles.
- Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligation, and ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.
- Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and in good working order.
Team Concept: Works with the interdisciplinary team to plan and coordinate care.
- Participates in Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, case conferences and other forums and facilitates discussion of issues from caseload for full staff participation, consultation and evaluation.
- Works as a team member in promoting harmonious working relationships.
- Assists team members in understanding the significant spiritual factors related to care of the terminally ill patient and the family.
- Maintains regular communication with primary nurses and social workers, keeping them informed of unusual or potentially problematic patient/family issues.
- Is available for bereavement support.
- Participates in the orientation, training and coordination of hospice volunteers and per diem chaplains.
- Possesses a clear understanding of the respective roles of each interdisciplinary team member while demonstrating sound interpersonal skills in enhancing the team approach to patient care.
- Performs other duties assigned as required or requested.