St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network - Pennsylvania

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The Hospice Chaplain is a member of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team and provides pastoral counseling and spiritual support to patients and families as needed, and serves as a resource to other providers of spiritual support involved with Hospice patients and families. Assists patients, caregivers and families with spiritual care related to death and dying. Supports the dignity of the dying-Supports the patient/family spiritual and cultural belief systems-Provides religious rituals and assists with funeral/memorial services as requested

  • Visits patients and completes a spiritual assessment, documents and reports to the interdisciplinary team.

  • Acts as a liaison between the patient, family, local clergy, and the interdisciplinary team.

  • Participates in IDG team meetings and provides spiritual input into the plan of care.

  • Interprets spiritual issues for the IDG team.

  • Provides bereavement services survivors.

  • Networks with community resources and represents hospice in the community.

  • Participates in staff development and in-service programs.

  • Is available for emergency on-call service.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as the proper release of information.

  • Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.

  • Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external).

  • Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.


    Ability to prepare neat, timely, accurate and concise records and reports.

    Ability to exercise empathetic attitude and concern for all people regardless of financial, social situation, age, religion, handicap, sex, color, nationality, or sexual orientation.

    Communicates and interacts with others effectively both orally and in writing to fit the individual situations.

    Other related duties as assigned.


    1. Understanding of Hospice philosophy of care

    2. Knowledge of agency's practices, procedures and policies

    3. Able to work as part of the Interdisciplinary Team

    4. Ability to utilize counseling skills effectively

    Job Qualifications:

    QUALIFICATIONS(MINIMUM) EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of Theology, ordained clergy or licensed/endorsed lay person.

    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Trained in and at least one year experience in spiritual care and bereavement care. Basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.


    Physical Demands:

    Medium Work

    Exertional activity

  • Occasionally lift and/or carry 50 lbs

  • Frequently lift and/or carry 25 lbs

  • Being able to frequently lift or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds is often more critical that being able to lift up to 50 lbs at a time

  • Stand and/or walk at least 6 hours in an 8-hour work day

  • Very few medium occupations in the national economy are performed primarily in a sitting position

  • Nonexertional activity

  • Stooping (bending at the waist) and crouching (stooping and bending at the knee) – required frequently in most medium jobs

  • Handling (grasping) – required frequently in most medium jobs

  • Fingering (fine manipulation) – required only occasionally in most medium jobs

  • Important: The functional capacity to perform medium work includes the functional capacity to perform sedentary and light work

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