Associate Chaplain

Chaplaincy Services - 208314 Winchester, Virginia Per Diem

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  • Entity: Winchester Medical Center
  • Shift: Rotating

Who We Are

Valley Health System is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, urgent cares, physician practices, and services. Expanding across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, we are devoted to the health of all who call our 18-county area home.

A vital resource for healthcare, we are the region’s largest employer, a dependable community partner, and are at the leading edge of clinical innovations.

We are looking for passionate, innovative, and caring people who will each bring their unique skills and perspectives to our workplace.

What You Will Do:

As a member of the Chaplaincy Services team, the Associate Chaplain supports clinical Chaplaincy Services at Valley Health System by providing spiritual care services, including evening/night call, weekday and weekend scheduled hours. This position will support patients, families, and staff who are coping with trauma, crisis, death and various spiritual and emotional issues.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Assessment: The chaplain gathers and evaluates relevant data pertinent to the patient’s situation and/or bio-psycho-social-spiritual/religious health. Criteria: Gathers data in an intentional, systematic, and ongoing process with the assent of the patient. Prioritizes data collection activities based on the patient’s condition, or anticipated needs of the patient or situation. Uses appropriate assessment techniques in collecting pertinent data. Demonstrates familiarity with several published models for spiritual/religious assessment and is able to teach others in their use. Documents relevant data and plans of care in the medical record. Delivery of Care: As a part of the interdisciplinary team, the associate chaplain contributes to an established plan of care to promote patient well-being and continuity of care. Criteria: Assists full-time and part-time chaplains in patient plan of care, as appropriate. Identifies any changes in outcomes, interventions, and plans in terms of the patient and the patient’s values, spiritual/religious practices and beliefs, ethical considerations, environment, and/or situation. Documentation of Care: The chaplain enters their information into the patient’s medical record that is relevant to the patient’s medical, psycho-social, and spiritual/religious goals of care. Criteria: Identifies any changes to desired outcomes, interventions, and plans in terms of the patient and support persons. Documentation reflects assessment and delivery of care. Teamwork and Collaboration: As a part of the interdisciplinary team, the chaplain collaborates with the organization’s full and part-time chaplains, and interdisciplinary care team. Criteria: Possesses a thorough knowledge of services available from the interdisciplinary team and community. Maintains professional interpersonal relationships with the interdisciplinary care team members. Works collaboratively with the team to implement the plan of care, ensuring that the patient’s wishes and wholeness remain primary. Promptly responds to all referrals when on duty (e.g., ancillary consults, pages, phone messages). Educates staff regarding the role of chaplaincy care. Ethical Practice: The chaplain adheres to the Association of Professional Chaplains' Common Code of Ethics, which guides decision making and professional behavior. Criteria: Maintains clear boundaries for sexual, spiritual/religious, financial, and /or cultural values. Protects the confidential relationships with those under her/his care. Respect for Diversity: The chaplain models and collaborates with the organization and its interdisciplinary team in respecting and providing culturally competent, patient-centered care. Criteria: Demonstrates a thorough knowledge and understanding of cultural and spiritual/religious diversity. Defines and incorporates desired outcomes, interventions, and plans into the assessment and plan of care in terms of the patient’s/family’s culture, spiritual/religious practices and beliefs, ethical considerations, environment and/or situation. Identifies and respects spiritual/religious and/or cultural values; assists in identifying and responding to identified needs and boundaries. Care for Staff: The chaplain provides timely and sensitive care to the organization’s staff via individual interactions. Criteria: Provides supportive conversations with staff. Provides chaplaincy care to staff through spiritually/religiously inclusive, non-coercive interactions. Provides timely and collaborative peer support activities during times of critical incidents (e.g. informal defusing, CISM). Care for the Organization: The associate chaplain assists full and part-time chaplains in the provision of chaplaincy care to the organization in ways consonant with the organization’s values and mission statements. Criteria: Participates in corporate, spiritually based rituals consistent with the organization’s mission statement, and community needs. Assists Chaplaincy team in leading the organization’s inspirational community observances. Research: The associate chaplain practices evidence-based care including ongoing evaluation of new practices. Criteria: Demonstrates familiarity with published research findings that inform clinical practice, through reading professional journals and other materials. Critically evaluates new research for its potential to improve clinical practice and integrates new knowledge into clinical practice. Knowledge and Continuing Education: The associate chaplain assumes responsibility for continued professional development, demonstrates a working and current knowledge of theory and practice, and integrates such information into practice. Criteria: Chaplain is accountable for guiding the profession within the Association of Professional Chaplains' “Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy," and any applicable organizational, state, and/or federal requirements. Also is accountable to the function, specialty, and/or the strategic initiatives of the organization. Also is responsible for completing continuing education hours related specifically to chaplaincy care, numbering 10-15 hours annually.

What You Will Bring:


Master’s degree in divinity, theology, counseling, or another relevant discipline preferred
Completion of a minimum of ONE unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or equivalent clinical experience/education is strongly preferred

A significant work history of practical experience and effectiveness as a chaplain, or counselor, required
Experience in a clinical setting is preferred

Certification & Licensures
Board Certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) preferred

Excellent verbal and written communications skills required
Excellent documentation skills required
Thorough understanding of the spiritual needs of patients and families from the very young to the elderly, in high stress, critical and traumatic illness and injury situations, including death and bereavement required

What You Will Get:

- Competitive salary
- Flexible scheduling
- Health Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Wellness Program
- Tuition Assistance
- Retirement Plan
- Life Insurance

*some benefits are subject to change due to job status

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Physical Demands
4 A Chaplain Services