Spiritual Care Advisor - Contingent
Hospice of Michigan - Saginaw, MI

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Job Summary :

The Spiritual Care Advisor, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team (IDT), provides and facilitates the spiritual care and counsel of patients and families/caregivers.

Essential Functions:

Quality Service - Strives to meet or exceed expectations in the delivery of services, care and pain/ symptom management; contributes to enhancing the quality of the work environment.

  • Performs advocacy and oversight of hospice services based on patient self-determination to assure patient and family/caregiver satisfaction; ensures the needs and the goals of the patient and family/caregiver are central to the planning and provision of spiritual care.
  • Completes spiritual assessment as indicated and appropriate as soon as possible after admission.
  • Assists the Operations Manager or designee, the interdisciplinary team and community religious leaders in developing, implementing and updating an individualized plan of care which:
    • Facilitates and provides the spiritual care and counsel (including ancillary practices) of patients/families/caregivers.
    • Works with established multi-cultural staff and pastoral/religious leaders in the community to enhance service to patient/family/caregiver as needed.
    • Demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the patient.
    • Contacts community religious leaders as requested to provide updates related to patient/family/caregiver interventions (as appropriate) and documents same.
    • Provides spiritual support as needed and defined by the patient/family/caregiver.
  • Makes regular spiritual care visits and contacts in compliance with the plan of care.
  • Assists in planning and conducting memorial services for community as well as HOM families.
  • Supports the patient and caregiver pre-and post-death, with awareness of and respect for culture, ritual and traditions, in collaboration with grief support services.
  • Documents patient/family/caregiver care following established Hospice of Michigan standards of documentation practice and regulatory and licensure requirements, and submits documentation in accordance with HOM policy.
  • Participates in individual, team and departmental quality improvement activities and organizational process improvement efforts as assigned.


  • Teamwork - Effectively works with other members of a team, drawing on all resources available to achieve a common goal or solve a problem. Promotes teamwork as a way to generate positive and creative results.

  • Collaborates with the IDT to coordinate, monitor, and document ongoing patient/caregiver spiritual care. Communicates complete and accurate information to all team disciplines in a timely manner.
  • Works collaboratively and comes prepared to actively participate in team functions.
  • Comes prepared and actively participates in state-wide spiritual care meetings.
  • Acts as a resource for team members; assists in understanding significant spiritual factors related to the care of terminally ill patients and their families.
  • Works collaboratively with grief support team and other members of the IDT to transition caregivers to grief support services.


  • Resource Stewardship - Manages resources, such as time, expenses, supplies, labor, etc. well to ensure their prudent use; develops staff resources through training, mentoring, coaching, etc.

  • Participates in internal and external education and training along with other activities to promote personal and professional growth.
  • Participates in HOM orientation and in-service training programs for professional, ancillary and volunteer staff.
  • Meets with new staff to orient and in-service on spiritual care as a discipline.


  • Mission Outreach - Educates the community about the services provided by HOM. Actively promotes HOM’s mission with the patients, families, communities, and referral sources; offers care that fits the diverse needs of the community.

  • Participates in spiritual care training of IDT.
  • Collaborates with staff in providing support to area schools, community centers, nursing homes, etc.
  • Participates in in-service activities for contracted facilities and community education.
  • Represents HOM to local religious leaders, hospital chaplains, nursing home chaplains, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with facilities and nursing homes regarding HOM spiritual care services.
  • Participates in programs to promote professional growth and understanding of hospice care.
  • Adheres to all established HOM policies and procedures and the HOM Code of Conduct .


  • Requirements

    Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Divinity, Theology, Spirituality or related field required.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience in the area of coping with terminal illness, grief and/or bereavement care in the pastoral/spiritual realm.
  • Counseling and a minimum of one CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) experience strongly preferred.
  • Previous hospice experience strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to cope with caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team.
  • Ability to use technology (hardware and software) HOM requires clinicians to use in their practice such as including computer, cell phone, printer, pager, fax machine, copiers, etc. and MISYS software (data entry for documentation, uploading and downloading).
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple, competing priorities. Must be able to coordinate several tasks simultaneously while maintaining a high degree of efficiency and accuracy.
  • Must possess and demonstrate tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both internal and external relationships for all essential job functions.
  • Accepts, affirms and respects authentically expressed diverse belief systems and spiritual practices and preferences.
  • Reliable transportation required.
  • Must receive tuberculin testing upon hire, however, this procedure will be waived when proof of tuberculin testing performed within one (1) year of the hire date can be provided; will not be allowed patient contact until tuberculin clearance is documented.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all essential duties required of the position.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

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