Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: 
Responsible, as a member of the interdisciplinary team, for the provision of spiritual support and counsel consistent with patient's, family's or staff member's needs, desires and belief systems. Also responsible for providing a resource group of clergy to whom specific aspects of spiritual care may be delegated in accordance with agency policies and procedures. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older

2. Graduate of an accepted ministry program.

3. Demonstrated ability to be open, sensitive, flexible and ecumenical.

4. Minimum 2 years' experience working with individuals requiring spiritual counsel, preferably in the areas of death and dying and grief.

5. Must be adaptable to a variety of community settings

6. Must have a valid NM Driver's license

7. Must have reliable transportation available during work hours. Vehicle must be properly registered and insured in accordance with state law.

8. Must possess current CPR Certification 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

1. Provide direct spiritual support and/or counsel to patients, families and staff in keeping with their beliefs.

2. Work with staff, clergy, and community groups to enhance their sensitivity to the spiritual concerns of patients and families experiencing terminal illness and loss.

3. Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings as requested

4. Maintain proper records of contacts with patients and families

5. Make contact with clergy or appropriate representatives of patients and families as indicated.

6. Perform occasional liturgical assignments such as memorial services.

7. Provide educational programs for community clergy, religious and lay representatives.

8. Act as a resource to other members of the interdisciplinary team regarding spiritual issues or concerns of hospice patients.

9. Assess and identify potential spiritual needs of patients and families.

10. Adhere to dress code

11. Adhere to work schedule and maintain good punctuality and attendance record.

12. Other duties as assigned. 


Ambercare personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. In addition, Ambercare personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job related skills and abilities. All personnel must attend mandatory educational programs. 

REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: 

1. Satisfactory completion of pre-employment health screening if applicable, including drug screening. 

2. Satisfactory completion of background check in accordance with State of New Mexico Caregivers Criminal History Screening Program. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

Prolonged or considerable walking or standing. Able to lift supplies and equipment as needed. Considerable typing, reaching, stooping bending, kneeling, and/or crouching. 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS: 
Environmental Conditions: Must be able to drive in various weather/road conditions. 
Working Conditions: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances. May be exposed to/ occasionally exposed to patient elements Subject to varying and unpredictable situations, Handles emergency crisis situations. Travel required. OSHA Exposure Category I- Position includes tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids, tissues. 

EXPECTED WORK HOURS: 

Varies by agency needs; typically Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other hours required as needed and assigned