Lowell General Hospital - Lowell, MA

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Bachelors Degree Preferred
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  • Summary:

    The Chaplain reports to the Director of Mission and Chaplaincy. The Chaplain assists patients and staff with their spiritual and emotional needs. The Chaplain responds faithfully to emergencies, referrals and designated patients. The Chaplain works in harmony with other department members and is extremely flexible, sensitive and responsible. Assumes other responsibilities as requested by the Director of Mission and Chaplaincy. Demonstrates the philosophy, mission and core values of the Hospital in performance of job responsibilities. Demonstrates courteous, confidential, and cooperative behavior toward patients, families, staff, visitors and volunteers.


    Board certified or in the process of being certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or an equivalent national organization

    Bachelor's degree in Theology, Pastoral Care or in a related field preferred

    Course work in pastoral care, theology and ethics required

    Minimum of two years work experience in a health care facility in Pastoral Care or similar ministry in a pastoral setting ministry and completion of two units of CPE

    Ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services with a commitment to ministry that is consistent with these directives

    Knowledge of current medical ethics and the ability to facilitate ethical decision making

    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a Medical Health System, with local clergy, and throughout the larger community

    Willingness to mentor and assist in the training of CPE students in cooperation with local CPE programs

    Ability to articulate a personal sense of ministry consistent with the philosophy of the hospital and actively participate as a member of the Pastoral Care Team

    Openness, knowledge, and ability to minister to individuals of diverse cultures, backgrounds and religious practices

    Demonstrated skills and abilities related to spiritual assessments, pastoral care planning, chart entries, referrals and interdisciplinary rounds

    Ability to function under stress, and effectively respond to crises and end-of-life issues

    Job Duties:

    The following criteria identify duties to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


    Provides spiritual care to patients, families and staff according to standards, policies and procedures of Pastoral Care

    Integrates department goal with the mission of the Hospital

    Completes documentation of patient care according to established policy

    Accurately carries out daily office procedures to ensure consistency and continuity within team

    Researches and develops a system that improves delivery of service

    Consistently demonstrates ability to be proactive in dealing with patient and staff care issues


    Provides quality and timely patient and family care

    Demonstrates clinical proficiencies in accordance with the Chaplain's job description

    Visits new patients to assess needs, offer appropriate information on services available, and provide initial pastoral care

    Responds to crisis intervention needs

    Responds appropriately to referrals

    Cooperates with the Director to fill in, in certain situations, as they arise

    Innovates and creates new methods of offering pastoral services

    Attends interdisciplinary rounds and serves on committees that directly affects the quality of patient care

    Meets with other Hospital staff on a regular basis to improve delivery and integration of pastoral care services

    Provides quality and timely follow-up care to patient, family and staff

    Provides Outreach Services to former patients, when needed

    Has excellent representation through all encounters.

    Represents the Hospital at official functions as directed by the Director

    Assists in Hospital orientation and staff development

    Creates and initiates an idea to enhance role of pastoral care to Hospital and/or community


    Shares information with patients, families and staff on resources within the Hospital

    Demonstrates respect for patients' right to information, dignity, privacy and confidentiality

    Behaves in a professional manner in attendance, appearance and word

    Participates in projects, programs and activities within the department


    Demonstrates a commitment to maintain competencies and participates in those activities which contribute to the ongoing development of self and the profession

    Attends mandatory in-services

    Attends required department related in-services

    Achieves annual goals

    Attends pertinent clinical programs

    Achieves and maintains certification in Chaplaincy

    Physical Demands:

    Must be able to stand, walk, sit and talk most of the time or as needed

    Must be able to use hands to finger, grasp and feel

    Vision requirements: close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

    Must be able to clearly recognize alarms, understand and follow calls and instructions

    Work Environment:

    Hospital setting with varying degrees of noise level and activity
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    Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities....