Facility: Mercy Hospital
State: Portland, Maine
Contact Name: Katie Kerr
Contact Title: Director of Mission Services & Spiritual Care
The Catholic Chaplain visits and greets patients to establish dialogue, assess needs, provide spiritual care and guidance or discuss personal problems. Assists and counsels dying patients and their families; assists and educates other hospital personnel and community clergy in counseling for patient care. Contributes input to healthcare providers on medical/ethical issues.
Certification as a chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains is required within two (2) years of hire.
A master's degree in Theology, Divinity or related field or the equivalent required. Minimum of two (2) units of Clinical Pastoral Education required at time of hire.
A minimum of three (3) years of parish, missionary or other pastoral work is required. Experience working with and counseling acutely ill patients and families is desired. Acute care hospital experience is strongly preferred. Must have the ability to relate well with other denominational clergy and have an appreciation of differing religious beliefs, values and practices. Must use judgment and initiative to operate independently and autonomously in dealing with patients, families and staff in highly stressful situations. Must have excellent interpersonal skills as the incumbent deals with all levels of patients, families, and employees. Must be highly accountable for patient and family care provided through comforting and counseling. Incumbent has access to highly confidential patient information.