Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain PRN - Auburn
Company: Covenant Hospice
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Why Covenant Care?
Are you a Healthcare Warrior? Want a competitive, engaging job with
great perks? Want a seat at the table to discuss strategy? Want to
see your ideas put into action? Then you want to look closely at a
career with Covenant Care.
Covenant Care is one of the largest non-profit providers of home
health, hospice, memory, palliative and private duty care in the
regions we serve. Our collaborative team of more than 600
physicians, nurses, aides, therapists and professional staff and
volunteers serve patients and families in communities throughout
Florida and Alabama. For more information, visit
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Our teammates enjoy a supportive environment and flexible schedule
with advancement opportunities. Covenant Care's engaging culture is
founded upon mutual respect and trust. A place where employees feel
valued and patients and residents feel the service is
extraordinary. We recognize and celebrate the value of each
teammate's unique contributions and encourage a sense of ownership,
sharing our mission with patients, families and our
The Spiritual Support Chaplain is responsible for Spiritual
Community outreach and clergy counseling service. He/she will
establish and maintain working relationships with the other
disciplines, employees, families, and in particular community
agencies. He/she will be available to compliment the patient/family
clergy when appropriate but may become primary clergy if
patient/family has such a need. He/she will make business
development visits to area communities and providers to give
education on Covenant Care, Grief and Counseling options available.
Responsible for providing bereavement services to grieving
individuals through individual and group support, home visits,
personal telephone and mail contact, grief workshops or seminars,
resource information, and referrals to other agencies.
Be an ordained minister in good standing with his or her
denomination. Possess a Master of Divinity Degree from an
accredited seminary, or a document that certifies that he or she
has completed formal training in his or her religious or belief
system and is qualified to perform pastoral services with five (5)
years of pastoral experience. Previous experience in counseling
with pediatrics and adults in the grief process. Previous sales
experience is not required but would be a positive asset to the
position. He or she should be able to function independently with
flexibility and personal integrity. He or she must have an
understanding and openness to all belief systems. Must be
knowledgeable in areas of death, dying, grief and loss issues,
group facilitation and public speaking. Experience in working with
terminally ill patients and bereaved families is preferred. Must
possess valid Florida and/or Alabama driver's license and current
automobile insurance and insurability under the company liability
insurance are required.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Demonstrates understanding of grief issues and needs and end of
life care planning.
Demonstrates good assessment skills in spiritual assessment and in
planning spiritual care. Assesses spiritual needs of patient/family
unit as requested. Evaluates presence of supportive spiritual
network and identifies unmet spiritual needs. Assesses adjustment
to illness. Assist patients/families with funeral planning.
Demonstrates understanding of the spiritual and bereavement aspects
of the terminally ill patient/family. Demonstrates knowledge of and
respect for different faith systems. Identifies and addresses
spiritual distress and intervenes appropriately.
Demonstrates knowledge of and displays good intervention skills
regarding spiritual aspects of hospice care.
Demonstrates sensitivity to issues of diversity (cultural, sexual,
age, and lifestyle (etc.).
The Spiritual Care Counselor while representing Covenant Care in
public will provide speeches and prayers that are non-sectarian and
interfaith in content. Exceptions to this rule will be limited to
funerals, memorial services and clinical interventions that are
requested by the patient/family.
Displays ability to communicate well in sensitive areas. Develops,
organizes, and facilitates bereavement support groups. Plans,
organizes and facilitates Remembrance Celebrations and other
Demonstrates understanding of medical and terminal illness,
including related symptomatology and procedures.
Able to explain Standard Precautions and other relevant infection
control techniques. Able to discuss pain and symptom control.
Participates in the IDG and acts as a support/resource person to
Advises and consults with nurses, clergy, hospice volunteers, and
Documentation reflects and supports the care plan. The care plan is
updated as changes occur to the patients condition in a timely
manner and communicated to other members of the team via IDG.
Serves as liaison to community churches, clergy, and religious
organizations and makes referrals to appropriate organizations on
behalf of the patient and family.
Possesses thorough understanding of contract care to provide
Spiritual Care Counselor services for patients/families in
hospitals, nursing homes, and adult living facilities.
Completes all documentation in a timely manner.
Collaborates with team members to establish initial
Interdisciplinary Group Plan of Care. Collaborates with business
development in ways to integrate Covenant Care Completes the
Spiritual Care Counselor progress note within 48 hours of visit or
Assumes primary responsibility for own professional
Completes orientation activities within the 90-day probation
period. Provides Human Resources with copy of ordination
certificate and appropriate diplomas. Updates skills through
participation in seminars, workshops, etc. Attends staff meetings.
Participates in volunteer training and community education
activities as requested. Assists in the review and development of
hospice policies in regard to Spiritual Care Counselor services.
Promotes a positive image of Covenant Care throughout the
Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Regional Director of
Required to comply with all Covenant Hospice Policies, Procedures
and Personnel Policies, including those specifically addressing
disaster preparedness and response.
Documents to the patient's terminality, and establishes and
maintains the care plan for spiritual support services. This
applies to determinations and consultations with members of the
IDG, including the Attending Physician or Hospice physician, in all
circumstances in which the level of care is to be assigned as
Short-term Inpatient Care or Continuous Care, and includes all
actions required in Covenant's policies and procedures regarding
the placement or removal of a patient from those categories of
As a member of the Interdisciplinary Group, is responsible for
documenting the level of care status of patients, and in
particular, inpatient level of care, to ensure the patient is
appropriate and meets the criteria for short-term care needed to
manage pain and symptoms in an inpatient facility. This
responsibility includes appropriate management and documentation
with the patient's change in status either to short-term inpatient
care or removed from that status, and all monitoring of the care
during the inpatient period. This same requirement applies to
management and documentation of patients who are placed on a
Continuous Care level of care. Strict compliance with all rules and
regulations, including Covenant Hospice's policies and procedures,
Works effectively with volunteer and business development services
to identify patient/family needs that can be met by volunteers;
offers volunteer services to patients and families, as needed,
throughout their length of stay; requests volunteer services to
meet identified needs; documents volunteer interventions in the
Plan of Care.
Special Demands/Physical Requirements:
This position may sometimes require light/medium lifting. This
position is also mentally demanding because of the continual need
for interaction of patents and families. In addition, this position
requires considerable time traveling in a motor vehicle in
connection with performing essential functions of position.
Contact the Human Resources Department at for more information. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
protected veteran status, or disability status.
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