Pros: chapel and prayer services, support care to medical staff
Cons: vacations, conferences
The most important aspect of my job was to provide pastoral care
and counseling to the Patients, Families and Supportive Staff in that institutional setting. It is essential to go beyond the call of duty and be
fully there with listening ear and in as well with a heart full of compassion and care for the needs of that moment.
My day usually started with Staff report and Units situational assessment from the Head Nurse or Medical Team Co-ordinator ,s
briefings on the previous night with the Patients or Clients. Mostly
the day might be prolonged as a result of bio-medical ethic consultation with the medical staff, family and pastoral care teams
on certain medical ethical issues.
Mostly, to be professional there, when and where you are needed
and provide the necessary pastoral care and counseling to those who are going through traumatic experience in their earthly conditions. I am required to visit at least 10 Patients or Clients in
a day, built rapport with them and made myself accessible to and for their needs. Confidentiality and trustworthiness are important tools for my day to day interaction with the patients and the families at the setting.