Home Health VNA

Chaplain

US-MA-Lawrence
Department
MVH - West Team
Job ID
2017-1998
# of Openings
1
Hours (posting)
Regular Full-Time
Hours Per Week
40
Shift
Days
Schedule From:
8:00 AM
Schedule To:
4:30 PM

Overview

Your skill and experience can make a difference in the lives of people nearing the end of their life’s journey.

 

As a Chaplain you are a member of the hospice team with advanced training in theology and/or psychology who is able to provide a wide range of supportive services to people from a variety of religious backgrounds and experiences during a time of crisis in their lives.

Responsibilities

  • Provides spiritual support to patients and families, contacts all patients/families by phone within 3 days and completes a Spiritual Assessment Form withing 5 caledar days of admission.
  • Based on assessment and patient /family wishes, provides spiritual support in a nonjudgmental manner.
  • Documents all documentation per procedure including visits, telephone calls, assessments, interventions, responses to interventions, and communications.
  • Communicate patient/family reports concisely and effectively to team.
  • Participates in family conferences and serve as a liaison with the patient’s spiritual community leader.
  • Assists with funeral and memorial services when requested and collaborate effectively with other members of IDT.
  • Understands family dynamics and works effectively within various types of family systems.
  • Demonstrates ability to act as a team player. Provides peers with support and mentoring if appropriate.
  • Utilizes resources appropriately. Accurately assess need for additional services.
  • Demonstrates the ability to act as a patient and family advocate. Provides information to families about all available resources.
  • Performs adequate number of chaplain visits necessary to provide superior hospice care under MVH standards.
  • Performs in a professional manner at all times and manage caseload efficiently and effectively.
  • Involves Clinical Manager in situations appropriately.
  • Demonstrates understanding of how to maintain professional boundaries with patients and families.
  • Utilizes good customer service skills internally and externally, assist in orientation of new staff, mentor students when requested and pursue standards of excellence as a hospice chaplain.
  • Works with Clinical Manager to identify opportunities for improvement in performance and works to address them.
  • Proactive in increasing knowledge of hospice care and standards of practice. Assist with hospice education and memorial services in community.
  • Assists with hospice education and memorial services in community and participate in achieving MVH goals and objectives.
  • Represents MVH and promotes hospice care in the community and with other professionals.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in religion/theology, pastoral care, human services or psychology or advanced certification in a spiritual ministry such as Clinical Pastorial Education or Chaplaincy. 
  • Some field experience in ministry. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and sensitivity to, the spiritual issues expressed by the terminally ill and their familieies. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the grieving process. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Hospice philosophy of health care delivery. 
  • Ability to be open, flexible and ecumenical in ministry.

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