Assessment of spiritual needs of hospice bridge patients and family members.
Participation in development, management and revision of the patient plan of care.
Collaboration with local clergy to provide spiritual support for patient/family, as desired by the patient/family.
Provision of pastoral care for hospice bridge patients/families including religious services of prayer, worship and rituals, as requested.
Respects varying philosophies and religious perspectives. Allows all individuals to discuss and share thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
Completes accurate and timely documentation for all patient care activities. Follows organization documentation guidelines including electronic and paper processes. Maintains and updates chaplain and bereavement related portions of the patient medical record.
Attends and participates in interdisciplinary team conferences. Assists team with understanding patient/family spiritual factors. Works with the IDT in a team approach to evaluate patient/family response to the plan of care.
Meets the expressed spiritual needs of patient and family.
Works with other professionals to resolve spiritual, pastoral and ethical issues.
Provides staff orientation and education related to spiritual issues, as requested.
Provides spiritual counseling and bereavement support for individual staff members as needed.
Participates in bereavement support for family members following the death of the patient. Collaborates with other team members to organize and conduct bereavement activities including phone contacts, home visits and support groups.
Participates in community outreach activities such as community educational activities, as requested.
Participates in Quality Improvement activities.
Assumes responsibility for own professional development by attending professional meetings, continuing education and in-services. Completes a minimum of 12 hours continuing education annually.
- B.A. or B.S. in religion, theology, or behavioral science. M.Div. or equivalent with ecclesiastical endorsement and board certification preferred. LCSW preferred. - Minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education from a program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education preferred. - Interest and previous experience in ministry to families experiencing life-threatening illness preferred. - Maintains current driver’s license and auto insurance. - Maintains current CPR certification.
About VNA Health Care
VNA has been at the forefront of health services in area since 1918, bringing exceptional healthcare delivered in homes, VNA clinics and community settings with extensive programs and services. VNA clinics are located in seven large suburban communities: Aurora, Elgin, Carol Stream, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Joliet . With a staff of over 400 we serve 90,000 annually, providing primary care at our Federally Qualified Health Center. In 2012 VNA Health Care was voted Top 50 Best Places to Work in Illinois. As a Joint Commission accredited organization we offer a strengths based culture where you can put your talents into action. Here’s your opportunity to serve the greater good in a supportive team environment.