Job: Chaplain, Spiritual Care Services Coordinator

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Jobing Description

Location:Bremerton Hospital
Zip Code:98310
Department:Pastoral Care, 86701
Shift Hours:Monday - Friday, 0800-1630. Night and weekend on call as required.
Job Type:Full-time
On-Call Required:Yes
Rotating Weekends:Yes
Rotating Holidays:Yes


Provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff within assigned settings, in conjunction with pastoral care volunteers.

Delivers direct spiritual care appropriate to recipient's spirituality, culture, religious preference and health status.

  • Attends to critically ill patients/families with personalized care.
  • Contacts preferred clergy or support person(s).
  • Prioritizes care on the basis of medical/emotional/spiritual need.
  • Instructs patients/clients about the spiritual implication of health maintenance.
  • Participates in crisis intervention and participates on Code Blue teams and crisis debriefing as necessary.
  • Facilitates prayer and healing rites as appropriate to area of service.

Works closely and effectively with care managers, interdisciplinary care teams, social workers, nursing and medical staff to provide spiritual care insights.

  • Attends reports, rounds, and meetings on a regular basis.
  • Provides information regarding Advance Directives to physicians and other care providers.
  • Facilitates support groups where appropriate.
  • Participates in family/client conferences, providing spiritual care insights.

Completes all required documentation in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner in accordance with Harrison Medical Center standards and procedures.

  • Regularly and thoroughly completes required spiritual care documentation, including charts regarding patient/client interactions, daily activity sheets, community benefits forms, and spiritual assessments.

Provides direct spiritual consultation and spiritual and emotional support for staff experiencing work-related or personal stress, including being available for private conversations while respecting work schedules and locating private space for counseling.

  • Investigates, identifies and implements strategies to more effectively use available resources to meet client needs.

Collaborates with volunteers, and local clergy to extend spiritual care services.

  • Leads the efforts of the department to recruit, train and mentor pastoral care volunteers, including assisting with the supervision of pastoral care volunteers within service.

Provides education and ethical consultation for patients, family, staff and volunteers.

  • Contributes to ethical consultation and family conferences.
  • Assists in presenting instruction to healthcare groups and pastoral care volunteers.
  • Assists in presenting instruction to pastoral care volunteers resulting from chaplain performance measurement initiatives.
  • Evaluates religious art and literature utilized within the health care settings.
  • Participates on committees as assigned.

Cultural Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrates proper use of communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services. Patient Population Served: Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department's defined specific populations served.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Education/Work Experience Requirements

Incumbents must meet the educational requirements of the National Accreditation of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), or National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities. (Note: Each certifying body requires a unique Master's degree; please refer to the specific association for most current requirements).

Job Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, standards and methods relating to spiritual care of the ill and dying, including the ability to help the patient move toward holistic healing.
  • Knowledge of theological concepts and their application to real world situations.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team, employees and with members of the public.
  • Ability to initiate, understand and maintain effective pastoral relationships with persons from diverse spiritual and religious traditions.
  • Ability to accurately assess the spiritual needs of patients/families, and to develop spiritual care plans.
  • Ability to document spiritual care services provided in accordance with internal/external requirements.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in adjusting the delivery of care and/or clinical techniques appropriate to address the age-specific needs of the patient.
  • Ability to abide by the standards of professional ethics of the Franciscan Health System.
  • Ability to read, understand and communicate in English sufficient to perform the duties of the position.
  • Ability to use office equipment and automated systems/applications/software at an acceptable level.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as required by the duties of the position.


  • Currently certified as a Chaplain (by NACC, APC, APCE, NAJC, or equivalent certification) or ability to complete certification within one year of employment.
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement is required.
  • Current driver's license valid in the state of Washington or other evidence of equivalent mobility.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
  • Adheres to and exhibits our service standards:
    • Care about me - We put the patient at the center of every decision we make and tailor the hospital experience to the patient's needs.
    • Keep me safe - We adhere to strict safety procedures, and seek new knowledge and experience in pursuit of continuous improvement.
    • Help me heal - We address our patients' physical, spiritual, and emotional needs with the most advanced medicine available and a warm, caring environment.
  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.
  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.
  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.

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