MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
- 2-year master’s degree in divinity, theology or related humanities field from an accredited school of higher education, and a minimum of 4 units (2 Level I & 2 Level II) of CPE from a training site accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).
- 2000 hours of clinical experience (post-CPE) in a hospital or related healthcare setting, with competency in electronic documentation.
- CISM certification within 24 months of hire date.
PREFERRED POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
- Ecclesiastical endorsement.
- Current Board Certification or obtain Board Certification within 18 months of hire date.
- Board Certification requires a minimum 2000 hours of clinical experience (post-CPE) in a hospital or related healthcare setting, with competency in electronic documentation.
- Board Certification (BCC) from Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), or the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE).
- Other national board certifications will be considered, including Advance Practice Board Certification (APBCC) from the Spiritual Care Association (SCA).
KNOWELDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Advanced and specialized knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of hospital spiritual care ministry in an acute medical setting; ability to develop and follow a patient’s plan of care, based on a comprehensive spiritual assessment. Medical sub-specialty expertise (oncology, cardiology, emergency, pediatrics, etc.) is a bonus.
- Skills of interpersonal and empathic listening using a non-anxious presence.
- Ability to establish, maintain and contribute to effective working relationships with others and function positively as a member of various interdisciplinary teams.
- Ability to work confidentially with discretion, as well as knowledge of current clergy-confessional regulations and limitations.
- Knowledge of and ability to provide emotional and spiritual guidance and social support in relation to the patient’s bio-psycho-socio-spiritual needs and the interdisciplinary plan of care.
- Knowledge of personal and faith development plus the beliefs, practices, and restrictions of the major world faith traditions; ability to effectively serve populations which are socially, culturally, and/or religiously different from oneself, demonstrating tact, patience, respect, and discretion.
- Skills to prepare required clear, concise and consistent documentation of patient visits, to maintain required electronic records, reports and statistics files. Knowledge of all required documentation standards for medical/legal reporting situations.
- Skills in verbal and written communications, including English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Proficiency in a secondary non-English language is a bonus.
- Knowledge of and ability to consult on biomedical ethics theories, moral principles, and clinical ethical discernment and deliberation protocols.
- Once CISD certified, ability to lead critical incident stress debriefings using nationally certified model.
- Enhance one’s professional growth and development through participation in regular team meetings, educational programs, current literature, in-services, and workshops.
- Adhere to and respect the Chaplaincy Spiritual Care Code of Ethics.
- Collaborate with the agency and institutional team members in assigned patient care settings to provide for emotional-spiritual-coping assessments and interventions to optimize the patient’s and family’s abilities as they recover from, adapt to, and find meaning in the patient’s medical or situational crisis. Utilize coping resources of patients and/or families demonstrating insufficient coping and meaning-making ability.
- Demonstrate ability to be flexible, to take appropriate initiative, and to organize and function effectively in stressful situations.
- Treat individuals with respect and dignity, while maintaining the confidentiality of patients and families and other sensitive or protected information.
- Consult as indicated with physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, therapists, and/or corrections officers concerning diagnosis, treatment planning and discharge preparation for patients and families. Participate in clinical rounds, patient-family care conferences, and decision-making conferences as indicated.
- Assist patients and families who are indicated or request help with Advance Directives. Provide guidance and support to families facing life-impacting or life-ending decisions.
- Consult and interpret medical/ethical/faith consequences of difficult medical issues, problems and dilemmas. Interpret ethical and religious positions relating to medical situations.
- Provide as needed emotional, spiritual and coping support to employees and volunteers with the goal of an appropriate referral to the hospital’s employee assistance program.
- Ensure all written (electronic and paper) documentation meets current standards and policies.
- Manage and operate equipment safely and correctly.
- Provide as time permits education and resource materials in areas of expertise (including spiritual care services, visitation skills, and other pertinent information or resources) to employees, healthcare professionals, students, volunteers, and community groups in collaboration with the Chaplain Supervisor and each site’s education program.
- Contribute to the chaplaincy profession through research, teaching, and publishing as able and/or requested.
- Participate on select committees as assigned.
- Maintain training and compliance with standard institutional policies related to infection control, fire and safety, hazardous chemicals, personnel policies, and departmental procedures.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Location of Work: Work is performed as assigned among the hospice and contracted sites. Assignments may change according to the needs of the agency. Responsibilities require chaplain to support inpatient and occasionally outpatient services.
Equipment Used: Personal cell phone (stipend paid) or company provided cell phone; hospital cell phone, office space, telephone and computer terminal when indicated; dependable transportation with proof of insurance.
Personal Demands: Work requires normal/corrected vision and hearing to a normal range. Physical demand level is light; constant access patient services areas; may include going up and down stairs many times a day. Driving or other dependable transportation, including at night, is necessary. Work-imposed emotional and spiritual stress is high because the focus of the positions is dealing patients and/or families in primarily or secondarily traumatic situations. Coping processes and problem solving are often emotionally-spiritually charged, relationally complex, and personally sensitive. Conflicting demands of patients, families and staff must be managed on an on-going basis of relative acuity.
Exposure to Hazards: There is potential exposure to diseases and/or infections. Universal precautions are required for a potential exposure to blood borne pathogens (OSHA category 2).
- Demonstrate support and adherence to the agency’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
- Responsible for knowledge and compliance with agency policies, procedures and practices.
- Responsible for maintaining and protecting Patient and agency information in a confidential manner. Practice appropriate HIPAA confidentiality accessing patient related information on a “need to know” basis only.
- Reliable personal transportation, and current and valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
- Satisfaction of state and agency requirements for Tuberculin testing.
- Hepatitis B immunization series, proof of series or sign a declination.
- Must pass criminal background screening and pre-employment drug screening.
- Ability to meet the physical demands of position (see attached physical requirements and environmental conditions).
- Complete agency and departmental orientation and training program(s).
- Complete all continued learning, education, policy reviews and required training by their respective deadlines
- Maintain licensure(s) and certification(s) required for the position
- Current CPR/BLS
- Work availability