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Chaplain Hospice in Annandale, VA at Professional Health Care Resources

Date Posted: 3/30/2018

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Job Description

Professional Healthcare Resources, a leading home health care agency specializing in Home Health, Hospice and Personal Care is looking for an PRN (As-needed) Chaplains in  Annandale, VA, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC and surrounding areas

The Chaplain provides spiritual support to the Professional Healthcare Resources Hospice Program. Spiritual needs are assessed and direct ministry to patients and families provided through spiritual guidance and counseling. Duties require an informed respect for the belief system of others.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


Spiritual/Pastoral counseling services are provided in accordance with the plan of care and include:

  1. Spiritual/ Pastoral assessment as indicated and appropriate is completed as soon as possible after admission

    to hospice.

  2. Direct ministry, counseling and guidance to hospice patients and their families in accordance with on-going wishes and needs as soon as possible after admission to hospice and at the time of death when possible.

  3. Develops an individualized spiritual/pastoral plan of care which:

    1. Demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the Patient’s family.

    2. Provides spiritual support as needed and defined by the patient/family.

  4. Offers patients/families of different philosophies and religious beliefs opportunities to discuss and share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values.

  5. Documents spiritual assessments, care plans for future patient intervention, and on- going visits.

  6. Works with other professionals in resolving spiritual/pastoral/ethical issues.

  7. Works with other members of the interdisciplinary hospice team to evaluate patient’s family response to care.

  8. Bereavement visits to the patient’s family prior to death and availability to family during the bereavement period if needed.

  9. Meeting with individual hospice staff regarding personal spiritual/pastoral issues that may affect their ability to function effectively

  10. Miscellaneous:

  • Presides at hospice memorial services.

  • Participates in orientation of new staff and volunteers.

  • Provides education to staff and volunteers.

  • Conducts wakes & funeral services when appropriate.

  • Refers patients, families and staff to community agencies as appropriate

  • Serves as a consultant in spiritual concerns to the bereavement program.

  • Participates in department QAPI activities.

  • Accesses sufficient hours of continuing education necessary to maintain certification. Qualification Requirements:

    Is employed full-time by the hospice or has a contractual arrangement that provides the comprehensive

    spiritual/pastoral component of the hospice.


Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a humanity such as social work, pastoral counseling, nursing, sociology or philosophy. Master of Divinity, Social Work, Nursing or Pastoral Counseling preferred