Catholic Health Initiatives Associate Chaplain in GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska

Associate Chaplain


Schedule: The Associate Chaplain will primarily work on-call hours to support 24/7 coverage at St. Francis.

Job Summary/Purpose:

The Associate Chaplain nurtures the healing ministry of the Church and contributes to the creation of healthier communities by delivering pastoral and spiritual care. Works closely with nursing, care management, physicians, palliative care, and other ancillary healthcare professionals. Partners with area clergy and ministers to facilitate the healing process.

Key Job Responsibilities :

  1. Provides pastoral/spiritual care to patients, loved ones, and staff.

  2. Completes spiritual assessments and communicates with other care team members. Provides clinical documentation as required.

  3. Responds to and initiates routine and emergency referrals in a timely manner.

  4. Coordinates with the local religious community to ensure the patient’s/loved ones spiritual and/or sacramental needs are being met.

  5. Coordinates spiritual/pastoral ministry and bereavement care for those approaching end of life and at death.

  6. Provides blessing/ritual/prayer for pastoral support upon request.

  7. Educates and assists patients with respect to Advance Directives as needed.


Required Education:


Required Licensure/Certification :


Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Pastoral ministry in an institutional setting.

Knowledge of the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations, i.e. The Joint Commission (TJC) standards and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.

Ability to relate well with employees at all levels of the organization.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Practices excellent active listening skills.

Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with sensitive information.

Accepting and understanding of diverse religious beliefs and practices.

Ability to deal with crisis situations and periodic exposure to secondary traumatic stress.

Ability to function as a member of pastoral care and multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Proficiency of communication and information technology which includes basic computer and word processing skills, email, and use of the internet.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelors degree strongly preferred

Master's degree or equivalency in Theology, Behavioral Science, Ministry or other related field.

One to three years of pastoral ministry or related experience under institutional supervision.

Completion of one or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)


Job Clinical Support


Daily Schedule On-call/PRN

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0157341