POSITION SUMMARY: The chaplain provides spiritual care to patients, families and associates reaching across religious and cultural boundaries. Provides ethical and spiritual guidance to patients and families to help make treatment choices. Promotes a spiritual environment within the hospital by participating/organizing prayer services on special occasions, prayer in patient waiting areas and through the PA system. The above ministry goals are accomplished by the chaplain by visiting patients in assigned areas, providing follow-up ministry as needed, by taking spiritual care calls, making sacramental referral to priest chaplain, making appropriate notations and by keeping required professional expertise and skills updated.
EDUCATION: Graduate Theological Degree (MDIV or Equivalent).
CERTIFICATION/LICENSES: Minimum of four units of CPE. Certification as a chaplain must have applied and be certified within two years of hire. Endorsement from appropriate ecclesiastical authority consistent with denominational practice. Demonstrated connection to a recognized religious community /body. Priest in good standing with the diocese.
Understanding of Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Demonstrates honesty consistently in all relationships
Ability to work in stressful environment
Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
Is knowledgeable about department policies and procedures
Ability to use computer, printer, telephone, etc. when needed.
EXPERIENCE: Two years of experience in hospital or hospice ministry. 1600 hours of clinical experience
NATURE OF SUPERVISION:
-Responsible to: Manager of Director of Spiritual Care
-Bloodborne pathogen: A
Works in a clean, well-lighted, ventilated smoke-free environment.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work may require walking, sitting and standing. Subject to irregular hours. May require lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 20 lbs.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.