SUBFUNCTION DEFINITION: Our Chaplaincy staff is trained to minister in this challenging environment, and has proven to be knowledgeable about the developmental and spiritual issues unique to children. Working as part of the pediatric healthcare team, our chaplains share the task of bringing wholeness and health to patients and families.Chaplains assess how patients and families use religion/spirituality for meaning-making, coping, and medical decision-making, and provide this information to the interdisciplinary care team for integration into the plan of care. Chaplains also provide religious/spiritual and emotional support to staff. Bereavement Coordinators provide assessments and direct care to families whose children (or loved ones in the case of adult patients) have died; they also provide bereavement support to staff.
This position will be working 20 hours/week at Liberty Campus and 12 hours/week workng at Burnet Campus
Approximately 12 hrs/week will be spent collaborating on evidence-based departmental spiritual and bereavement research with the Manager of the pastoral care research program. This includes conducting research, research design, IRB submission, coding, submitting papers for publication, leading research education initiatives, presenting research findings, among others.
???Patient Care Visit patients and families. Assess the spiritual and religious resources of patients and families. Function as member of the interdisciplinary team. Assist local clergy in their ministry to patients and families. Respond to all medical team and trauma pages. Provide end of life care support and documentation. Provides pastoral care to staff members as needed and appropriate, including formal and informal staff debriefings.
???Staff Care Provide pastoral care to staff members as needed and appropriate. Provides staff debriefings as needed in times of crisis. Participates in staff meetings on assigned units, rounds, etc. as appropriate
???Liaison Helps orient visiting clergy to CCHMC and its policies. Helps educate staff about specific religious needs and issues of patients and families which affect their care and treatment. Facilitates communication between clergy, CCHMC staff and members of their congregation who are patients at CCHMC.
???Training & Education Assists with orientation of new physicians and nurses to pastoral care. Serves as a resource for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. Assists in recruitment, interviewing and selection of students. Helps orient CPE students to their unit(s). Facilitates students' clinical involvement. Assists in other dimension of CPE programs as requested and appropriate.
???Compliance Sustain a working understanding of regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Support leadership in Compliance efforts to meet and sustain the regulatory compliance efforts of the department and hospital. Be mindful and judicious in monitoring safety and departmental policies and procedures. Ensure all individual certifications and Safety College requirements are fulfilled in a timely basis. Work with department managers, nurse council and magnet representatives to identify and share safety best practices. Be mindful of CCHMCs processes and compliance with CMS standards and freely communicate safety and compliance concerns to leadership team members.
Graduate-level theological degree from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Accreditation. Degree must include a minimum of 72 semester hours (108 quarter hours) of credit and qualify as a Master of Divinity equivalent
4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education as offered through an ACPE accredited organization
Ordination, current endorsement, or good standing in accordance with the requirements of his/her/their own faith tradition or endorsing agency.
Board Certification or board certification eligible as recognized by Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Professional Chaplains, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and Neshama Associatione of Jewish Chaplains; or others as agreed upon by the Director of Pastoral Care that meet the Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains (www.professionalchaplains.org)
Within two years from hire date complete and submit application for Board Certification with the appropriate faith group or governing body
Research experience in healthcare chaplaincy, religion/spirituality and health, spiritual care with patients and families, or other related research
Research certification from an accredited institution
At Cincinnati Children’s, we come to work with one goal: to make children’s health better. We believe in a team approach, both in caring for patients and their families, and in advancing science and discovery. We strive to do better, and find energy and inspiration in our shared purpose. If you want to be the best you can be, you can do it at Cincinnati Children’s.