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Chaplain in Allentown, PA at Compassus

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

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Position Title: Chaplain

“We are in the journey with people in their life story; we are invited along to participate in their last chapter.”

- Cathy, Chaplain

At Compassus, we are dedicated to compassionate care, clinical excellence and providing comfort and support to patients and their families facing the end of life. Chaplains touch the lives of our patients and families by giving non-denominational support in a time of great spiritual need for many. For our team members, this is more than a career — it’s a calling.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Join our team today as a Hospice Chaplain to positively impact the experiences of our patients and families.  

Position Summary

The Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator is a hospice-trained individual who provides spiritual support to patients and families. As a Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator, you may be a priest, minister, rabbi or other individual with experience in spiritual support; your role is not intended to replace the patient's own clergy, but to bring spiritual guidance and support.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Explains hospice services and Medicare benefits to patients and families; obtains Informed Consent and Election of Benefits documents as requested.
  • Submits appropriate documentation and paperwork to facilities at the completion of patient visits; documentation is completed and submitted timely according to company policy.
  • Articulates the regulatory framework governing the role of the Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor (federal and state, if applicable).
  • Reads and incorporates into practice the policies and procedures for Compassus in the provision of care and services to hospice patients.
  • Participates as a member of the IDT, including development and implementation of the plan of care.
  • Provides spiritual care support to the patient and family; supports the involvement of community clergy as the patient/family request.
  • Assists in identifying the need for intervention of other IDT members.
  • Effectively communicates patient and family needs to IDT.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment to promote the values of hospice and of Compassus.
  • Collaborates with IDT to coordinate spiritual care support for the patient and family to ensure appropriateness, continuity, and quality of care.
  • Maintains updated, comprehensive care plans which reflect current problems, goals and interventions for patients.
  • Maintains respect for the family's environment and belief systems, and remains nondiscriminatory regarding age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, and other personal matters.
  • Counsels in accordance with patient’s and family’s beliefs..
  • Supports the patient and family in working through the stages of death, grief, and bereavement.
  • Acts as liaison with the clerical community to interpret the needs of the hospice patient and family, and helps recruit clerical volunteers for the hospice.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Represents Compassus with professionalism, integrity and competence.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in counseling, philosophy, divinity, theology or similar field required; Clinical Pastoral Education a plus. Ordination in an organized religious group preferred. Minimum 1 year of experience in the provision of spiritual counseling support to individuals and families required.

State-specific certifications

  • Georgia: Documentation of ordination or commission by a recognized faith group; completed at least one unit of clinical pastoral education from a nationally recognized provider.
  • Louisiana: Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree or training.
  • Missouri: Documentation of ordination or commission by a recognized faith group and has completed one (1) unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Mississippi: Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree or training

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 

Language Skills

Ability to understand, read, write and speak English. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or colleagues of organization.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions one-on-one and from groups of patients, families or colleagues.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office.

Other Qualifications

Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy. Must be of high integrity including maintenance of confidential information including all patient records. Good communication skills. Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Clinical Pastoral Education preferred or required per state regulation. Driver’s license and auto liability insurance required.

Other Skills and Abilities

Strong skills in counseling the terminally ill and his/her family. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be able to travel. A positive, compassionate, and empathetic attitude. Ability to counsel patient and family and assist local clergy in rendering pastoral care.

Physical Demands

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

While performing the duties of this Job, the colleague is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The colleague is frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The colleague is occasionally required to stand. The colleague must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

There will be possible exposure to infectious diseases. Circumstances can be unpredictable and high stress.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Frequent driving is required.

Compassus, including all Compassus affiliates, complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Compassus, including all Compassus affiliates, does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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