A wonderful place to do 4 CPE units and get worlds of experience in spiritual care
Pros: wonderful staff, hospital that was very supportive to chaplain interns.
Cons: no permanent job at the end of the 15 months, or i think everyone would have wanted to stay right there to work
Baptist Hospital East was the best choice I could have made to do my Clinical Pastoral Education for chaplaincy. From the day I began my 15 month journey, I was treated with respect, concern for me as well as patients and staff I worked with, and with an assumption by supervisors and staff that I had some good sense about what to do and how to do it. The CPE supervisors critiqued our visit notes and helped us learn what might have been alternative methods to provide care. They not only pointed out where work on my part needed some changes, but they also let me know what they saw that was working. I came away from the experience knowing that I was ready to walk down any hospital hallway, enter a room, and work with the patient and family who needed spiritual care. I chose to enter hospice chaplaincy where I have worked for 4 1/2 years. I love the work - especially connecting with patients who are dying. I also feel that I have made a difference in some family's lives just as they have made me think about how special they were in y own understanding of death and dying.
Thank you Baptist, especially Ted Hodge and Jan Cox-Gedmark, my supervisors for the time, the support, the love, the concern, and the gift of friendship as well as clear and meaningful supervision.