: Under the general direction of the Director, Spiritual Care, responsible for the direct ministry to patients, their families and caregivers via spiritual assessment and support, pastoral and sacramental care. The chaplain is also responsible for initiating and implementing new methods of addressing patients' and family members' emotional and spiritual needs and for collaborating with other members of the health care team to communicate and coordinate care. As time permits, the chaplain also assists in educational programming within the department, hospital and wider community.
1. Responsible for direct ministry to patients and families and support for staff on particular services and in-patient units or for a portion of the patient population such as a faith group, including assuming periodic on-call coverage for the entire hospital.
2. Provide for all aspects of ministry including: spiritual assessment and the provision of pastoral care, administration of the sacraments, pastoral visitation and counseling on own initiative and in response to referrals, with particular attention to ministry to persons in crisis, with life-threatening illness, near end-of-life and at the time of death, and to their families and friends.
3. Carry out duties in collaboration with other hospital staff and participate in interdisciplinary communication and coordination of care by attending team meetings and patient/family care conferences, and through appropriate verbal and written reports on patient care.
4. Document spiritual assessments, goals and interventions in the Medical Record (electronic and/or hard copy) and contribute to department record-keeping in terms of responses to referrals, on-call encounters, baptisms, etc.
5. Provide, assist, and/or arrange for hospital-wide worship services on Sundays, holidays and for special occasions, and provide for service or unit level memorial and other services for staff on request.
6. Assist in hospital educational programs, including those within the department such as orientation programs, clinical conferences, pastoral care institutes, or sessions involving religious and health matters (ie faith group practices, age-specific spiritual needs, clinical ethics, etc.)
7. Mentor Clinical Pastoral Education students and supervise volunteers, trainees or staff, who are assisting in the provision of pastoral care in particular patient care areas,
8. Assist in developing policies and procedures, with particular attention to the assigned section of the Hospital or to that faith group, that will foster high quality patient and family care, good interdisciplinary team relationships and religious community relationships.
9. Maintain ecclesiastical and professional cognate group relationships and maintain professional competence by participating in continuing education programs and peer review.
10. As required, perform other pastoral and administrative duties necessary to provide religious guidance relating to total patient care and staff support.
Associated topics: chaplain, community participating, community support, consultant, coordinator, liaison, liasion, program staff, staff, vocational support/training