Chaplain - Hospice PRN at AdventHealth

Date Posted: 7/5/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Job Schedule
    Per Diem
  • Job Category
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Job Family
    Pastoral Care
  • Travel
    Yes, 75 % of the Time
  • Shift
    1 - Day
  • Application Zone
    1-Shared Services
  • Organization
    Central Texas Medical Center

Job Description


Chaplain - Hospice Central Texas Medical Center

Location Address: 1301 Wonder World Dr., San Marcos, TX  78666

Top Reasons to Work At Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos, TX

  • Live in the Texas Hill Country that includes small towns and big appetites within a 30 minute drive to Austin and also includes living near the San Marcos River for tons of aquatic fun.
  • Located near Colleges and Universities to expand your career by offering Tuition reimbursement and includes many low-cost living environment choices.
  • CTMC's CREATION Health Institute was created to provide information, education, health screenings and events that emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Offerings such as HealthCheck, disease management, support groups, women's health, nutrition, healthy living for seniors and children's health are provided to the public for free or a minimal fee. 
  • LeapFrog grade “A” for patient safety and prides itself in safety for all patients, visitors and employees. Also, recognized for a 6th year of “Most Wired Health System”, Click here to review other prestigious awards:
  • Support the spiritual state of mind of the patient by praying with them and educating families during visits to explain the important element of the healing process.

Work Hours/Shift:

PRN / Days

You Will Be Responsible For:

•        Provides pastoral care and spiritual support to patients and their families.

•         Conducts initial assessment within the appropriate time frame after the patient’s admission.

•         Provides proper identification to patient/caregiver and explains the purpose of the visit to avoid any misunderstanding by patient or family.

•         Coordinates and organizes home visits in the best interest of time and travel.

•         Provides ongoing pastoral counseling with patients/caregivers as appropriate.

•         Provides bereavement and/or counseling services to patients and their families in a crisis situation that may include but not limited to: patients in the intensive care; seriously ill patients; the dying; and families of the stillborn.

•         Coordinates chaplaincy ministry with the clergy and/or church of the patient's choice.

•         Develop and maintain a resource group of clergy to assist with patient/family spiritual needs.

•         Communicates appropriate information concerning patient visits to the referral source as needed.

•         Maintains appropriate relationship and communication with the patient's family or neighbors.

•         Arrange for on-call availability for after hours and/or emergency pastoral care needs.

•         Conducts funeral or memorial services as indicated.

•         Perform occasional liturgical assignments including the annual Memorial Service and weekly devotional and memorial service with Staff.

•         Participates in the overall plan of care for patients.

•         Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings by exploring and assessing the potential spiritual needs of patients/families and reporting on services provided.

•         Participates in establishing the patient’s interdisciplinary plan of care.

•         Establishes and adheres to assigned patient visit frequencies.

•         Works closely with the social workers in resolving psychosocial concerns of patients/caregivers.

•         Submits assessment and visit notes in a timely manner adhering to regulatory requirements.

•         Participates in support groups as indicated.       

•         Establishes and facilitates community relations in geographic areas served by the hospice program.

•         Establish relationships with community religious organizations for the purpose of (1) networking (2) educating church staff of services that can by provided by hospice, (3) offering services and support ministry as requested by community pastors, and (4) enhancing sensitivity to the spiritual concerns of patients/families experiencing terminal illness and loss.

•         Shares pertinent patient information with health care providers when requested.

•         Visits hospitalized hospice patients as needed.

•         Facilitates involvement of volunteers as appropriate.

•         Personal and professional qualities.

•         Has a positive attitude. Demonstrates self-control Seeks new ways to meet the needs of patients, families, and staff.

•         Is self-motivated in fulfilling duties and responsibilities of pastoral care

•         Is thorough and consistent in completing assignments and in ministry to patients, families, and employees.

•         Demonstrates ability to process issues and uses good judgment in decision making.

•         Accepts responsibilities with confidence and composure. Meets problems as they arise and deals with them appropriately.

•         Inspires cooperation and confidence among staff Demonstrates leadership skills through positive contributions to the department.

•         Seeks hospice-related continuing education in the areas of health care, theology, and pastoral care

•         Demonstrates ability to minister to diverse religious, educational and cultural patient/family population.

•         Perform other specific assignments as directed by the Director.


What You Will Need:

•         Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four‑year college or university

•         Master of Divinity, Masters Degree in Counseling, or Masters in Social Work

•         Seventh Day Adventist

•         Current Texas State Driver's License

•         Proof of liability insurance on file

•         A minimum of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education or chaplaincy licensure 

•         Denominational Ordination or Licensure for Ministry

•         Two years’ experience

Job Summary:

Responsible for implementing and coordinating activities of CTMC Hospice Care spiritual services program and the delivery of spiritual services to patients and families. Networks with area clergy. Participates in support groups for Hospice patients and staff. Active in the broad scope of pastoral care.  Ministers in the emotional and spiritual dimensions of illness and loss. Promotes confidence, trust, understanding and caring through good listening skills and appropriate, supportive response.  Respects religious values, beliefs and practices of persons of all faiths.

Knowledge and Skills Required:      

•         Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

•         Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

•         Effective communication among employees, and between employees, patients, visitors and supervisors is essential to ensure quality patient care and to avoid misunderstanding, errors and miscommunications which could have a detrimental effect on the health, safety and well-being of patients and co-workers.  In addition to these communication and safety concerns, individuals in this position must be able to effectively coordinate with Administrator, Hospice Manager, Hospice Community Educator, Physicians, and other Home Health & Hospice Staff.  Individuals in this position must be able to effectively review patient and related medical records, understand nurse and/or physician verbal and written instructions, read labels of safety information and hazardous chemicals.  Therefore, to prevent misunderstandings, errors, and miscommunications in the provision of quality patient care and other job-related services, employees in this position are required to have the capability of fluently speaking, reading, and writing English.

•         Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

•         Must have some knowledge and experience in performing the duties associated with the Chaplain.

•         Must have some computer experience, working with a healthcare software computer system is desirable.

•         Must be able to work in a fast-paced and customer service-oriented environment; to perform duties under pressure and meet deadlines in a timely manner; to work as part of a team as well as to complete assignments independently; to take instruction from supervisors; to exercise problem-solving skills; and to interact with co-workers, supervisors, guest, patients and the public in a professional and pleasant manner.

This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.

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