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Hospice chaplain

Company: Memorial Health
Location: Decatur
Posted on: September 12, 2021

Job Description:

Overview
Provides spiritual counseling and guidance to patients of all ages, families and employees.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must be able to provide own transportation. Must have a basic understanding of the various religious faiths. Must be able to share on-call time with other staff members.

General Skill Requirements
In addition to the Essential Functions and Qualifications listed above, to perform the job successfully an individual must also possess the following General Skill Requirements.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Accepts criticism and feedback; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; ability to work with frustrating situations; work under pressure and on an irregular schedule such as unscheduled overtime, unanticipated changes in work pace; Works with numerous distractions.
  • Attendance and Punctuality - Schedules time off in advance; Begins working on time; Keeps absences within guidelines; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Keeps others adequately informed; Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cooperation - Establishes and maintains effective relations; Exhibits tact and consideration; Displays positive outlook and pleasant manner; Offers assistance and support to co-workers; Works cooperatively in group situations; Works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; Keeps abreast of current developments; Requires minimal supervision; Displays understanding of how job relates to others; Uses resources effectively.
  • Judgment - displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions; ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Problem solving - Identifies problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Resolves problems in early stages; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Displays commitment to excellence; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly; Achieves established goals.
  • Concentration - Maintains attention to detail over extended period of time; continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Supervision - ability to perform work independently or with minimal supervision; ability to assign and/or review work; train and/or evaluate other employees.
Education and/or Other Requirements
Must have met educational requirements for their denomination. Must be in good standing with their church's governing body. Must be willing to take C.P.O. classes upon request. Experience in hospital setting preferred. Courses in psychology desired. Valid Driver's License.

Responsibilities
  • Establishes a relationship of trust and respect with patients, families and staff and provides pastoral/spiritual counsel in times of personal need.
    • Conducts a service of worship in the Continuing Care Center and Transitional Care.
    • Interacts with clergy from all faiths and creeds.
    • Visits patients in their rooms, giving priority to patients referred by a physician, nurse, pastor or family member.
    • Gives special attention to those who are anxious, depressed, facing surgery or near death and to those listed as DNR.
    • Provides the ministry of Holy Communion and Baptism when requested.
    • Provides spiritual support and counsel for Hospice and Home Health Care patients and their families as directed as needed.
    • Shares on call coverage for hospital, hospice, and home care patients.
    • Interacts positively with and provides support to volunteer chaplains.
    • Conducts memorial services for families of patients who have died in the hospital.
    • Responds to medical emergencies throughout the hospital.

  • Works cooperatively with the Hospice interdisciplinary team.
    • Provides support and follows procedures when responding to an expiration.
    • Participates in the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team meetings as scheduled.
    • Shares information appropriately with Hospice team and other chaplains for follow up visits and continuity of care.
    • Meets requirements for accurate and timely written documentation.

  • Maintains good personal and working relationships with hospital employees.
    • Conducts chaplaincy interventions with appropriate recognition of the functions of other disciplines.
    • Provides informal counseling and acts as a resource person for employees upon request.
  • Assumes responsibility for personal growth and development.
  • Participates in department training sessions.
  • Reads pertinent material as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Keywords: Memorial Health, Decatur , Hospice chaplain, Other , Decatur, Illinois

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