Job Description Summary
The Chaplain is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to patients and families/caregivers of the hospice, either directly or through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors.
- Completes a spiritual assessment of patients and families/caregivers in the hospice program meeting them where they are on their journey.
- Coordinates and communicates with members of the interdisciplinary team in developing an individualized plan of care to meet identified spiritual needs.
- Documents spiritual services provided and progress of patient/family needs on a clinical progress note.
- Provides direct spiritual care to patients and families/caregivers according to the plan of care.
- Maintains records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance and program development.
- Attends and actively participates in the interdisciplinary group meeting.
- Assists in supervision of spiritual care volunteers when assigned to patients/ families/caregivers.
- Serves as liaison and support to community chaplains and spiritual counselors and documents ongoing communication.
- Recruits community chaplains, spiritual counselors, and spiritual care volunteers adequate to meet patient and family/caregiver needs by developing community contacts and offering education through congregations about hospice care.
- Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
- Provides consultation, education, and support to the interdisciplinary group and hospice staff on spiritual care.
- Provides for funeral or memorial services for patients as requested.
- Collaborates with the Bereavement Coordinator in planning periodic memorial services to meet the needs of personnel, volunteers, and community clergy/spiritual counselors working with the hospice team.
- Knowledge of and adherence to all policy and procedures.
- Maintains compliance by documenting accurately and timely within the organization’s electronic health record.
- Lives the Mission, strives to achieve the Vision and exemplifies the Core Values of the organization.
- Works toward exceeding chosen Pillar goals in the areas of Employee Satisfaction, Customer Satisfaction, Quality Service, Compliance, Growth and Financial Performance.
- Knowledge of and adherence to the employee Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
- Graduate of an accredited seminary or school of theology and/or certification, CPE preferred.
- Documented evidence of appropriate training and skills to provide spiritual counseling, such as Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree or training.
- Experience working with death and dying, individuals/family/caregiver preferred.
- Hospice/ experience preferred.