As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey. From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with life-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life's ever-changing landscape. We'll help you navigate your individual experience – empowering you with more choices, education and guidance for these important chapters of life.
The Chaplain provides a wide range of spiritual services to patients and families enrolled in any of the Company programs. The Chaplain, in conjunction with other interdisciplinary team members, evaluates spiritual needs on a case-by-case basis so that appropriate spiritual care can be provided. At all times the Chaplain works closely with the interdisciplinary group to identify and problem solve spiritual care issues. Spiritual care and services may include Chaplain visits, contacting community clergy, enlisting a volunteer to meet spiritual needs, and/or conducting memorial and funeral services. The Chaplain also provides spiritual support to the staff and volunteers of the Company. This support may include activities and events such as holding memorial/funeral services, participating in staff support and individual ministry related to patient/family care. The Chaplain will adhere to the highest standards of professional values. The Chaplain will lead by example, modeling for other staff, as well as for volunteers.
- Graduate of accredited college/university
- Ordination/endorsement from an ordaining body recognized by the Endorser's Conference, Veterans Administration that demonstrates the candidate has standing with the organization.
- Masters in Divinity or related degree from an accredited seminary or institution.
- Clinical Pastoral education preferred.
- Hospice or health care experience preferred.
- Must have a valid driver's license, automobile insurance and reliable transportation.
- Must be available for patient visits when on-call.
- Must be able to physically access (i.e., navigate stairs and narrow spaces, endure heat and lack of air conditioning) any home, hospital, nursing home and/or ALF.
- Must have the endurance to manage demands of a hospice care field work position, (i.e., time, travel, home/facility arrangements, stress, et. al.)
- Individual must be able to communicate clearly in English.
- Previous experience working with an EMR/EHR (Electronic Medical/Health Record) system required
- Develops a spiritual care plan in conjunction with the interdisciplinary group based upon patient/family spiritual traditions and spiritual assessment results.
- Provides appropriate spiritual care and initiates interventions necessary for resolving care plan issues.
- Implements the spiritual care plan through personal contact and/or enlistment of Spiritual Care Volunteers, local clergy or other counselors as may be appropriate in each circumstance.
- Monitors implementation of the spiritual care plan and reassesses as needed.
- Maintains documentation in manner reflecting timeliness, completeness, accuracy, legibility, clarity of goal, assessment and plan.
- Meets productivity expectations as established by the Company.
- Provides appropriate spiritual care in accordance with Company philosophy and policies, procedures, and standards of practice.
- Covers caseloads in areas of Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties dictated by patient/family need.
- Acts as liaison between the Company and local clergy and congregations in the interpretation of the Company mission and programs.
- Participates in Spiritual Care on-call as scheduled by hospice program management.
Interdisciplinary Group Membership (IDG)
- Attends and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, assists in developing care plans, facilitates understanding of spiritual aspects of care and provides team with spiritual care objectives.
- Demonstrates respect for fellow professionals and IDG leadership through responsibility for own professional presence and attention to group process.
- Incorporates behaviors supportive of internal mission statement.
- Presents concise and pertinent oral and written reports to interdisciplinary team.
- Assists in interpreting the Company philosophy, policies and procedures to other personnel.
- Assists in orienting new employees, students, volunteers and board members.
- Maintains and enhances professional expertise and knowledge
- Attends Site staff meetings, in-service training and continuing education seminars and workshops.
- Participates in appropriate professional, denominational or specialty organizations through membership, attendance at local meetings.
- Participates in activities and professional development that enhance Company Spiritual Care skills.
- Participates as a member of Company staff committees.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities requested by hospice program management, as necessary, for program change and growth.*