Hospice Chaplain

Company: John Knox Village ( Learn More )

General Information
US-MO-Lee's Summit
Graduate Degree
Not Specified
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Job Description JOB SUMMARY
Provide spiritual and emotional support for hospice, families and staff of Village Hospice. May coordinate support groups. Supportive of the Village’s mission, values, and service/hospitality (PRIDE) expectations. Completes training hours as required by policy.

• Provides emotional/spiritual support to hospice patients and family members/caregivers.
• Completes initial spiritual assessment within 5 days of patient admission.
• Performs duties in accordance with hospice policies and Federal and State hospice regulatory requirements.
• Performs and documents the spiritual assessment, develops and documents spiritual plan(s) of care including the goals of spiritual care and services provided, and monitors and documents the patient and family response to spiritual care on an ongoing basis.
• Attends weekly IDT meetings for Hospice patients.
• Attends facility Plan of Care meetings for facility patients.
• Maintains contact with community clergy regarding patient’s spiritual needs as needed.
• Responsible for alerting RN Case Manager of patient changes/needs.
• Maintains proper documentation of pastoral care visits to patients and families/caregivers.
• Participates in Village Hospice on call support staff rotation.
• Maintain current knowledge of community resources.
• Assist clients and their families with health care, grief and bereavement planning and offer assistance in the form of appropriate support services.
• Provides direct spiritual support and end of life counsel to patients and families/caregivers in keeping with the spiritual beliefs of the patient and family/caregiver.
• Conducts or assists in funeral arrangements or memorial services when requested.
• Provides consultation and education to other team members as needed or requested.
• Assists in training/orienting volunteers, new associates, students, and interns in hospice philosophy related to spiritual needs.
• Continues professional growth by attending seminars, workshops, or classes and by reading current literature.
• Adheres to all safety regulations and requirements.
• Handles stress well and gets along with others within the workplace and with customers outside the department.
• Maintains acceptable standards of workplace conduct.

The responsibilities described above represent the primary responsibilities of the job. Other responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor as warranted by business needs. The incumbent is expected to perform all assigned responsibilities.
• Masters of Science degree in religion studies.
• Advanced training in counseling, Clinical Pastoral Education or Gerontology required.
• Minimum of one unit Clinical Pastoral Education CPE

• This position requires use of personal vehicle with valid driver’s license.
• Ordained, commissioned or credentialed according to the practice of an organized religious group.

Knowledge and Skills (required unless otherwise noted):
• Must have completed training in common spiritual issues in death and dying; belief systems of comparative religions related to death and dying; spiritual assessment skills; individualizing care to patient beliefs; and varied spiritual practices or be able to complete training in above areas within 90 days of hire.
• Intermediate level keyboarding skills, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint.
• Advanced customer service, relationship building and conflict management skills.
• Ability to effectively present information to individuals and public groups.

• One-year experience in Hospice care required.

• The associate is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
• The associate may be required to function around individuals with challenged mental capacities.
• The associate is exposed to infectious diseases.
• This position has on-call responsibilities.
• Required to drive from one location to another for services provided.
• All associates may be called upon to assist other departments in a declared emergency situation.

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Sedentary Work – Exerting up to 10 lbs of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
• The associate is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.
• May need to stoop/bend, kneel, crawl, and reach.
• Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Receives direction from the Clinical Manager of Hospice.
Occasionally receives direction from other Hospice leadership staff.

Post-offer background check and drug screen required.

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