Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

The Chaplain's duties includes but not limited to:
Serving the newly admitted, pre- and post-operative patients, the critically ill, the terminally ill, homeless, substance abuse, ambulatory care, mental health, and the families/significant others concerned.
Providing extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual patients, as appropriate.
Providing counsel and pastoral support to relatives of patients in difficult and trying situations to alleviate their anxieties, to win effective cooperation of these relatives with the treatment regimen of the medical center, and to help them deal with grief.
Responding to emergencies or crises when pastoral care is appropriate.
Providing Catholic celebration of Holy Mass.
Ministering of the Sacrament of Penance, Anointing of the Sick, celebrating the Eucharist, Baptism and Holy Matrimony to Roman Catholic Veterans and family members.
Locating other VA chaplains in the medical center or clergy person from the community when patients have religious needs that he/she cannot meet.
Providing counsel on medical ethical issues, such as advance directives, in the context of the patient's particular faith background, when requested.
Responsible for assuring that the right of each and every patient to free exercise of religion is upheld; and that patients are protected from proselytizing by staff, other patients, or visitors, regardless of faith group as appropriate within a therapeutic milieu.
Contributing to the formulation and accomplishment of chaplaincy objectives and activities by cooperating closely with colleagues and the supervisory chaplain in an ecumenical/interfaith, team approach to assignments.
Demonstrating sensitivity to the religious needs and requirements of each other and each individual patient.
Developing and conducting a well-rounded program of religious ministry for veteran patients and family members which are fully integrated into the overall treatment program of the medical center.
Actively participating on interdisciplinary teams/groups, and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the medical center's holistic patient care.
Assisting health care providers and treatment teams in recognizing and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veteran patients, using specialized knowledge and abilities in pastoral care of the sick.
Assisting patients, providers and teams in translating religious/spiritual values into effective living.
Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability, in order to understand and address their specific needs.
Documenting patient assessments, treatment, and ministry in electronic records systems as assigned.
Planning and carrying out on-going activities which promote individual professional growth.
Protecting that data from unauthorized deletion and following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files and release of access codes.
Cooperating with and participating in community organizations and activities in order to assist in integrating the functions of the medical center into the larger community.


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