SPIRITUAL CARE COORDINATOR

Steward Health Care

Job Description


Reporting to the Clinical Manager, the Spiritual Care Coordinator is responsible for addressing the religious, spiritual and emotional needs of Steward Hospice patients, families and caregivers.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as an integral member of the Steward Hospice interdisciplinary team
  • Holds primary responsibility for the spiritual care of hospice patients and families in keeping with their beliefs and needs
  • Offers religious/ spiritual/emotional support to patients and families in an introductory phone call within five days of being on service with hospice
  • Investigates and arranges community religious/spiritual resources as requested
  • Visits patients/families at their home or in a facility, if requested
  • Establishes an appropriate plan of care-based on initial and on-going spiritual needs assessment, and assists the interdisciplinary team in the implementation of the plan of care
  • Documents an accurate and timely patient record according to agency policy and federal and state regulations
  • Coordinates patient and family requests for specific services, including funeral arrangements, wakes and memorial services
  • Provides spiritual care and support to the hospice team and facility staff as appropriate
  • Provides educational programs for staff, clergy and community groups to enhance their knowledge and sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and families experiencing end-of-life issues.
  • Develops and maintains a resource group of clergy/spiritual care providers to assist in providing religious/spiritual support to patients and families
  • Creates/presides/participates at liturgical assignments as needed
  • Recognizes and addresses the unique spiritual needs of the diverse population served by hospice, including religious beliefs, age, gender, culture, lifestyle, and sexual orientation
  • Provides bereavement follow-up services in conjunction with the bereavement coordinator
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and promotes patient rights as supported by agency, state and federal directives



Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in theology, divinity, or pastoral ministry from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Preferred: Board Certification with APC, NACC or similar professional organization
  • At least two years of experience providing spiritual care at a hospital or hospice

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