Pastoral Care Provider
Responsible for providing spiritual care to hospice patients and families according to their traditions, preferences, and goals for comfort and peace in the end stages of life.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assess and monitor spiritual needs of patients and families; develop and implement plan of care with the Interdisciplinary team.
- Provide supportive counseling to address patients’ and families’ spiritual and existential concerns.
- Provide/arrange for services to meet religious and ritual needs and requests of patients and families according to their preferences.
- Network and collaborate with and educate staff and community, as needed.
- Participate in 24-hour coverage of spiritual care services, as needed.
- Support and maintain regulatory compliance.
- Maintain timely and appropriate records/documents per Hospice policies and procedures.
- Maintain/enhance professional skills and requirements including education and training.
- Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.
- Take initiative as needed or when the opportunity arises.
- Travel as required.
Formal Education Requirements
At least a Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent in Theology, Counseling/Pastoral Counseling, or relevant field. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
Formal Experience Requirements
At least one (1) year experience in visitation and ritual ministry. Experience equivalent of Clinical Pastoral Education is one (1) year of clinical or counseling experience is preferred.
Skills and Abilities (Competencies)
Certificates and Licenses
- Ordination or endorsement for Chaplaincy by a recognized religious body, or equivalent.
- Valid Driver license and current auto insurance.
Job Specific Competencies
- Discern, Identify, and Understand Spiritual and Religious History, Resources and Care Needs.
- Provide Appropriate and Culturally Sensitive Spiritual Care.
- Provide for Appropriate Religious Care.
- Provide Spiritual Counseling.
- Collaborate as a Member of an Interdisciplinary Team.
- Provide Leadership in Ethical Decision-making.
- Advocate on Behalf of Patients and Families.
- Facilitate Functional Relationships.
- Provide Support to Staff.
- Nurture the Organizational Soul.
- Provide Education and Engage in Research.
- Perform Administrative Duties.
- Commit to Personal and Professional Integration.
- Systems Thinking and Action.
- Maintain ethical standards, confidentiality and professional conduct.
- Strong communication skills including listening, verbal and written.
- Ability to work in a team setting, collaborate with others and adapt to a changing environment, while balancing priorities.
- Adhere to mission, vision, values, operating principles and strategic priorities.
- Must be proficient with electronic medical records.
- Ability to complete daily documentation/timesheets, etc., and other work in a timely manner with limited supervision.
- Multi-lingual competency is desirable.
Working Conditions and Environmental Hazards
This position works in contact with risks associated with blood-borne pathogens and needle sticks. Care must be taken to follow all health and safety requirements.
Position requires a moderate to high-level level of independent judgment in performing responsibilities.