Methodist Healthcare has evolved to meet the growing needs of the greater San Antonio community, but our commitment since opening our first hospital in 1963 remains true: to continuously improve the health and wellness of our community by "Serving Humanity to Honor God." Our Methodist Healthcare Systems Office houses our operational teams which support all of our facilities as well as a few clinical departments. Support teams include Administration, Business Developement/Physician Sales, Central Accounting, Decision Support, Education Simulation Lab, Facility Scheduling, Finance, Human Resources, IT&S, Institutional Review Board, Legal & Compliance, Mail Delivery, Nursing Administration, Patient Placement Center, Payroll, Physician Practice Services, Physician Services, Print Center, Public Relations, Quality Informatics, Quality/Risk Management, Strategic Planning & Marketing Services and Trauma. Clinical areas include Bariatric Clinic, Clinical Informatics, Psychiatry as well as our Women's Center. All of our departments take great pride in supporting our facilities so that they in turn can provide the best possible care to our patients.
General Statement of Duties:
The Chaplain Clinician ministers to the staff, patients, and families of Methodist Healthcare System, serving as a professional chaplain staff employee of the institution. The Chaplain Clinician is responsible for providing care and spiritual direction for staff, patients, and families within the highest tradition of the Judeo-Christian heritage without violating any person's integrity or faith tradition. The Chaplain functions in an ecumenical ministry as an equal team member of Pastoral Care Services' professional staff with accountability to the hospital Administration through the Facility Chaplain Manger and to appropriate ecclesiastical authority. The Chaplain Clinician provides cooperation and understanding with the clergy and laity of all churches and religious organizations.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Provides crisis intervention and pastoral care to persons in physical, emotional, and/or spiritual distress.
2. Coordinates pastoral care in assigned areas so as to utilize other clinicians, hospital staff, volunteers and/or local clergy.
3. Provides devotional opportunities to give spiritual support for staff, families, and patients through room visits and/or group gatherings for mutual support or worship.
4. Assists staff as consultant regarding bioethical issues and practices of various faiths as they relate to healthcare.
5. Appropriately documents referrals and other significant patient/family interactions in Meditech and chaplains' log book to communicate on a "need to know" basis. Promptly sends accurate monthly reports to Pastoral Care office.
6. Works as a member of Pastoral Care Services team to provide coverage in coordination with other clinicians and works with others on special projects to improve functioning of the department.
Minimum Education and Experience:
1. Master's or higher degree in theological studies from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the council for Higher Education Accreditation or its equivalent (72 hours of theological studies from and accredited program).
2. Documentation of completed 1 unit (400 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation, or the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE/ACPEP); one unit may be an equivalency. If an equivalency is provided, the burden of proof is on the employee to show the equivalent was approved by their individual professional organizations according to their own established guidelines.
3. Completes competencies as defined by department/unit and/or clinical specialty area.
PREFERRED: 4 units (1600 hours) of CPE as accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation, or the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE/ACPEP); one unit may be an equivalency. If an equivalency is provided, the burden of proof is on the employee to show the equivalent was approved by their individual professional organizations according to their own established guidelines.
Minimum License and Certificates Required:
As of April 21, 2011 provide documentation for one of the following: Ordained by their religious authority Endorsed by their religious authority Recognized by their religious authority in good standing
Board Certification by one of the following: Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)
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