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Palliative Care Staff Chaplain

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POST DATE 8/30/2016
END DATE 5/3/2017

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



The Division of Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine is comprised of a team of over 40 clinicians and administrative staff including physicians, nurse/ nurse practitioners, fellows, social workers, and administrative personnel. The palliative care team provides specialized, multidisciplinary medical care for people with serious illnesses. The medical care is focused on improving quality of life for both the patient and the familyproviding relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses of a serious illness. The current clinical service lines include an inpatient consult service, an outpatient clinic and home based services in the community. The clinical, education, and research activities of the Palliative Care Division are deeply integrated into current hospital activities.

Integral to the practice of palliative care is tending to the spiritual and religious needs of our patients and their families, and chaplaincy is a key and necessary element of the MGH Palliative Care teams interdisciplinary care model. Chaplaincy care is grounded in initiating, developing and deepening, and bringing to an appropriate close, a mutual and empathetic relationship with the patient, family, and/or staff. The Division of Palliative Care seeks an inpatient staff chaplain to be an integrated member of the divisions clinical and educational mission. The palliative care chaplain will work as a team member in accordance with the both the Palliative Care Division and Chaplaincy Departments Mission and Vision Statements, as well as Administrative Policies and Procedures.


- ASSESSMENT: The chaplain gathers and evaluates relevant data pertinent to the situation and/or bio-psycho-social-spiritual/religious health of the palliative care patient and/or family member.

- DELIVERY OF CARE: The chaplain develops and implements a plan of care to promote the well-being and continuity of care of the patient and/or family member. This includes such work as visitation, performing religious rituals as requested and appropriate and such specific services as weddings and memorial services in accordance with departmental policies. Visitation includes sharing in Chaplaincy Departments one monthly scheduled on-call shift and when on-call is needed on short notice for emergencies.

- Documentation of Care: The chaplain enters information into the patients medical record that is relevant to the patients medical, psychosocial, and spiritual/religious goals of care. The chaplain maintains daily records of chaplaincy activities in accordance with chaplaincy data gathering tool in use.

- Teamwork and Collaboration: The palliative care chaplain collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of care focusing on patients and family members. The palliative care chaplain will perform both independent visits with patients and families as well as joint-visits with palliative care clinicians when possible and beneficial. The palliative care chaplain would also be expected to participate in interdisciplinary family meetings with those patients whose care they are involved. Teamwork includes engaging in departmental staff meetings (in particular attending the weekly Palliative Care two-hour interdisciplinary team meeting as well as Chaplaincy team meetings), retreats, special committees and teamwork throughout the organization by serving on hospital committees and assisting/leading organizational events (such as facilitating the bi-annual Palliative Care Memorial Service). Collaboration includes working with local clergy and religious leaders and organizations. The chaplain collaborates with the CPE Supervisor in providing training and supervision of CPE students. The chaplain would also be expected to serve as a teacher to palliative care fellows and during educational conference through the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. The chaplain performs other duties as required, assigned, or negotiated.

- ETHICAL PRACTICE: The chaplain adheres to the Common Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the code of ethics of the MGH organization.

- CONFIDENTIALITY: The chaplain respects the confidentiality of information from all sources, including the patient, medical record, other team members, and family members in accordance with federal and state laws, and the policies of the organization.

- RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: The chaplain models and collaborates with the organization and its interdisciplinary team in respecting and providing culturally competent patient-centered care.

- CARE FOR STAFF: The chaplain provides timely and sensitive chaplaincy care to the organizations staff via individual and group interaction.

- CARE FOR THE ORGANIZATION: The chaplain provides chaplaincy care to the organization in ways consonant with the organizations values and mission. This includes the planning and implementation of faith-specific and interfaith worship services.

- CHAPLAIN AS LEADER: The chaplain provides leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession. This includes providing educational events for patients, family members and/or staff on a regular basis.

- CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: The chaplain seeks and creates opportunities to enhance the quality of the chaplaincy care practice. This includes performing other duties as required, assigned, or negotiated.

- RESEARCH: The chaplain practices evidence-based care including ongoing evaluation of new practices and, when appropriate, contributes to or conducts research.

- KNOWLEDGE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION: The chaplain assumes responsibility for 50 hours of continued professional development per year, demonstrates a working and current knowledge of current theory and practice, and integrates such information into practice. The palliative care chaplain will be expected to attend weekly Palliative Care Grand Rounds. The palliative care chaplain will also be expected to participate in educational conferences organized by the Division of Palliative Care.



- Clarity of pastoral identity and role in a nonsectarian institutional setting

- Knowledgeable about ministry to persons of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Ability to work well as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team

- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

- Ability to relate theology, behavior science, and understanding of persons to help minister to patients/families in their struggles

- Good organizational skills


- A spiritual life grounded in the disciplines of prayer and reflection

- Compassion for the sick and their families

- Maturity and ability to function under stressful conditions

- Resourcefulness and cooperation in relationship with others

- Commitment to personal and professional growth

- Fluently bilingual and bicultural strongly preferred



Required: Currently possess chaplaincy palliative care certificate by a nationally accredited chaplaincy organization, or will commit to obtaining such a certificate within three years of hire.

Preferred: Certified or in the process of certification/connection with a nationally accredited chaplaincy organization


Required: None

Preferred: Endorsement for hospital chaplaincy from the ecclesiastical or religious body to which he/she belongs



Bachelors Degree


Certificate : TWO OR MORE