Summary: The chaplain provides or makes available spiritual, religious, and emotional resources for patients and their families during the patient’s hospitalization. Provides spiritual and emotional support for the hospital staff. Serves as an educational resource for staff. Serves on the Patient Ethics Committee. Participates on other committees or projects as may pertain to the clinically assigned area. Provides on-call coverage as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Makes pastoral visits to patients, their families, and hospital staff on a regular and consistent basis to enable them to utilize, discover, or develop their spiritual resources in times of crises. Functions as an integral member of the WVU Healthcare’s team to provide support and promote wholeness.
1.1 Responds to requests for spiritual care visits from patients, family members, staff, and department director.
1.1a Interacts consistently in a warm manner that effectively invites others into pastoral relationships.
1.1b Provides religious resources that are appropriate in light of the other’s tradition, including reading material, provision for ceremonies and rituals, and arranging of visits by faith representatives from the community when specifically requested.
1.1c Is able to support patients, family members, and staff in profoundly anxious circumstances by maintaining a non-anxious presence.
1.1d Provides effective, competent, informed spiritual support for: organ donation, ethical dilemmas, discontinuation of life support and palliative care, as well as trauma and medical/surgical patients.
1.1e Provides spiritual care according to the principles and standards of the Association of Professional Chaplains or The National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
1.2 Participates as a spiritual care team member, as needed, in the on-call pager rotation that provides 24-hour availability of pastoral care.
2. Serves as an educational resource in the area of spirituality and ethical decision making for patients, families, staff, and community.
2.1 Serves as a formal and informal resource person for staff when requested, with review of requests for speaking engagements and group meetings or other formal functions by the department director.
2.2 Provides a liaison service and educational resource among patients, staff, and the faith community.
3. Maintains a consistent accountability for spiritual care activities with staff, pastoral team members, and department director.
3.1 Provides accurate information related to interaction with patients, family members, and staff through monthly sessions with department director.
3.2 Documents in the patient record and in departmental records.
3.3 Communicates relevant patient information with other chaplains, including Clinical Pastoral Education students, and local clergy.
3.4 Makes appropriate referral to other interdisciplinary team members.
3.5 Adheres to the Code of Ethics for the Association of Professional Chaplains or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
4. Initiates personal and professional development related to spiritual care functions and responsibilities.
4.1 Maintains a holistic approach toward his or her own personal and spiritual self-care.
4.2 Participates in in-house educational opportunities and other personal/professional development related to spiritual care skills and knowledge.
4.3 Maintains current knowledge of pastoral care issues.
4.4 Maintains helpful coping behaviors to deal with the potential stress of the functions of a chaplain.
4.5 Maintains credentials in one’s ecclesiastical endorsement agency and professional organization.
4.6 Completes duties as assigned for administration of the Spiritual Care and Education Department.
Performance Standard: Adheres to the established Performance Expectations for WVUH Employees in the areas of People, Service, Performance Improvement, Shared Values & Culture.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Other Skills and Abilities: None
Education and Experience:
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- A Master’s of Divinity or Master’s of Religious Studies from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
- A minimum of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education required.
- Ordination and/or endorsement with a faith community, and in good standing.
- Board Certified chaplain with Association of Professional Chaplains or National Association of Catholic Chaplains or obtained within 5 years of hire.