Pros: freedom and trust to do the job (in the beginning)
Working with HOD Staff was a blessing as they are the angels who take care of the client and the family. I was impressed with the majority of the people I worked with and enjoyed being a team player.
I tended to my own schedule, making appointments as had been agreed with clients. I arrived on time or early with a phone call if I was going to be late.
I would see as many clients as needed in a day to meet the requirements of the organization, often going above the required number. I often assisted other chaplains with needed visits.
I encouraged other staff members with a morning positive and uplifting message for almost two years.
I participated in Interdisciplinary Team Meetings which were often debriefing from difficult cases would take place.
Through this experience, I have learned that I have the skills to tend to this work with grace, compassion, humor, and the ability to help others cope with impending death of self or a loved one.
Management when I was first hired permitted the professional staff to go out and do their jobs with little direction. I often checked in with management to make sure I was doing as desired with positive response. Management then moved into the direction of micro-managing which caused anxiety with the professional staff.
The hardest part of my time with this organization was the transition from positive leadership to negative micro-management.
The most enjoyable aspects of my job were many. To meet someone who was struggling with end of life issues and to be able to help overcome some of those issues, to be able to support families in their impending loss and the loss, to support staff who struggled with different clients or personal life issues were enjoyable. Being permitted the opportunity to meet people where they are in their life journey and to be able to provide a little enjoyment in that time was just as much fun.