The Hospital Chaplain provides pastoral care (spiritual and emotional support) and counseling to patients, their families, and the hospital staff. The Chaplain assesses and treats patients using individual and group interventions to restore or rehabilitate spiritual and/or emotional well-being.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Visit and provide pastoral counseling, guidance and service to patients, family members and visitors of all faiths and non-faith.
- Invites patient to express feeling and explore the meaning of their experience, e.g. an illness.
- Works with family and friends for their own healing and support of their loved one.
- Explore spiritual resources for rehabilitation, healing and growth.
- Provide spiritual counseling and guidance to hospital employees and Medical Staff when experiencing spiritual dysfunction or in the management of spiritual care. Works with staff to support patienUfamily:
- Address staff needs for emotional and spiritual support
- Provides educational and support program
- Serve as a liaison between the patient and family/caregiver and the hospital or Medical Staff to promote a better understanding of patient needs or areas of concern.
- Maintains liaison with community churches and pastors. Relates to clergy and congregations in the community. Provides education and support to the community.
- Serves as a member on the Multidisciplinary Practice Committee, specifically as a team member of its Hospital Ethics Section.
- Follows Hospital and Department policies and procedures at all times, including but not limited to: Administrative Manual, Environment of Care, Human Resources, Infection Control, Corporate Compliance, Code of Ethics, etc.
- Attend, actively participate and complete in-services, training classes, mandatory classes, seminars/workshops, staff meetings, exercises and drills; reads all department communication and assigned materials.
- Customer Service – Provides excellent customer service and shows compassion to all patients, visitors and co-workers. Seeks feedback to ensure all needs are met. Anticipates and recognizes the concerns of others, even if those concerns are not openly expressed.
- Communication ¬– Keeps manager and team informed of progress, problems, development and plans. Gets along and interacts positively with co-workers and others.
- Accepts and performs other duties as assigned.
- Certification by the College of Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
- Past hospital pastoral experience, preferred
- Self-awareness and sensitivity to others
- Bilingual in Cantonese
While performing the duties of this job, staff is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and/or listen. He/she uses his/her hands to do computer work, write reports, do equipment set-up/cleaning/storage, clerical support, etc. He/she will be using the phone frequently. Good vision is needed to be able to read schedules, enter accurate data, etc. He/she must have good general health and demonstrate emotional stability so as to carry out the above-enumerated duties.
- Able to lift up to 30 pounds
- Use proper body mechanics when handling equipment
- Standing, walking and moving 50% of the day