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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Chaplain - Spiritual Care Area in Santa Rosa, California

We are looking for a Chaplain for the Spiritual Care - Area Department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Work Schedule: On Call / Per Diem

Shift: 8-hour, Days (Variable Shifts)

Job Summary:

The Chaplain is responsible for offering/providing spiritual and emotional assessments and support to patients, families, visitors, and health care staff (employees, volunteers and physicians), as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to spiritual/emotional and ethical concerns, to difficulty in applying prior beliefs/values to current situation, and to loss of hope and sense of purpose.

  • Demonstrates consistent attention and concern for all patients, staff and visitors regardless of their religious beliefs.

  • Provides spiritual/emotional support to a family and visitors grieving a patient’s illness, injury or death.

  • Provides/arranges for the sacramental/ritual needs of patients, their families, and hospital personnel as needed.

  • Attends periodic rounds involving patients on assigned units to give/receive spiritual and emotional input into patients’ care plans.

  • Demonstrates effective listening and other communication/dialogue skills, verbally and in writing.

  • Works within the chaplain’s scope of practice in a collaborative, constructive manner with fellow staff and clinicians, seeking and incorporating their input into daily practice.

  • Responds within 24 hours to requests from hospital personnel for counsel or support as individuals or in groups. Effectively facilitates supportive one-on-one and/or group interactions.

  • Provides on-call coverage as assigned, according to departmental procedures/rotations. Arrives at emergencies within 30 minutes when on call.

  • Demonstrates computer literacy. Documents spiritual assessments, interventions and plans of care using electronic health records. Maintains confidentiality of patient information at all times according to the procedures of the hospital and department.

Skills:

  • The ability to assess the spiritual concerns of patients, families, significant others, and staff, and provide appropriate, effective support.

  • Excellent listening skills, discernment of underlying issues and feelings, and capacity to counsel patients on assigned units according to departmental protocols.

  • The ability to work with patients, families, and visitors displaying denial or hostility by the consistent use of assertive and supportive communication skills.

  • The ability to support patients and families confronting ethical issues related to medical treatment, including end-of-life care.

  • Understanding of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare.

  • Ongoing progress in pursuing/maintaining continuing education requirements for certification.

  • Awareness of own development needs by attention to feedback received from others.

  • Participation in an annual performance appraisal and development of annual goals.

  • Basic competency with frequently used software applications (e.g., Outlook, Microsoft Word).

  • Ordained or endorsed for health care chaplaincy by a recognized body such as one’s denomination or faith tradition.

  • Competence in word processing, email and computer-based charting.

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education:

  • Master's Degree in Theology, Divinity, Spirituality, Pastoral Ministry from an accredited institution or equivalent educ/experience

  • Coursework/Training - Four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Licenses/Certifications: Within 18 months of hire into a benefited position, certification is required by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional Chaplains, or comparable association for professional ministry.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Experience: Pastoral care experience with high-acuity hospital patient population (e.g. in a trauma center).

Providence St. Joseph Health (Providence) has worked for decades to improve health and quality of life in California's North Bay region, starting in Sonoma County, where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1950. Today, we continue the mission begun by the Sisters to those we serve through an integrated spectrum of primary, urgent, acute, outpatient, palliative care and regional referral services. Sonoma County facilities aligned with Providence include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region's only Level II trauma center. In addition, the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital and 43-bed Healdsburg Hospital are secular (non-religious) affiliates of Providence. Our services also encompass three Urgent Care centers, Hospice of Petaluma, Memorial Hospice and North County Hospice, the Annadel Medical Group doing business as St. Joseph Health Medical Group, as well as the St. Joseph Home Care Network (post-acute care services). We act as a regional referral hub for outlying hospitals, while also providing outpatient behavioral health care, education to promote health and prevent chronic disease, rehabilitation, oral health care, community benefit programs, and more, all fostering health and quality of life throughout the area.

Providence provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Providence complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Sonoma County Entities

Category: Spiritual/ Mission/ Pastoral Care

Req ID: R353493