Hospice Chaplain - per diem

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Per Diem

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Job Summary:

The Hospice Chaplain is a core member of the interdisciplinary team.  The Chaplain coordinates and provides spiritual care to patients and families which is consistent with the Hospice philosophy and is in keeping with the personal beliefs of the individual.  The Chaplain provides grief support which includes bereavement care before, during and after death. The Chaplain works in accordance with the patient’s stated preference for religious or spiritual support.  The Chaplain reports to the Hospice Manager.


  • Makes home visits to Hospice patients and families as desired by them to assess spiritual needs.
  • Provides direct spiritual support and/or counsel to patients and families in keeping with patients/family’s beliefs.
  • Works with staff, clergy and community groups to enhance their sensitivity to spiritual concerns of patients/families experiencing terminal illness and loss.
  • Attends and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings by exploring and assessing the potential spiritual needs of patients/families and reporting on services as indicated
  • Initiates the bereavement assessment and plan of care in collaboration with the Hospice Team Members involved.


  • Participates in staff and volunteer training. Assists in planning and coordinating Annual Memorial Services.


  • Performs occasional liturgical assignments and memorial services with staff.


  • Submits appropriate documentation of visits and/or contracts according to Agency policy.


  • Conduct or make arrangements for funeral or memorial service when indicated.


  • Assists in planning of, and participation in community programs to support Bereavement.


  • Performs other duties as assigned by Hospice Manager in support of patient care or family and caregiver needs.



  1. Ability to assess the spiritual needs of the patient and/or family members.
  2. Knowledge of and ability to address spiritual needs of a broad range of personal beliefs and spiritual affiliations.
  3. Ability to communicate patient/family spiritual needs to other spiritual/religious caregivers as may be requested by the patient/family.
  4. Knowledge of and ability to use appropriate counseling techniques.
  5. Ability to provide spiritual support to staff and volunteers as needed.
  6. Ability to provide bereavement follow-up services as assigned.
  7. Ability to assess the grief response and support needs of survivors.
  8. Ability to develop a bereavement plan of care for survivors utilizing available bereavement services.

Education and Experience

  1. Masters level theological or pastoral care degree preferred.
  2. Minimum of 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education required. 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and board certification is preferred.
  3. Minimum of 1 year of experience in a health care setting focusing on death and dying preferred.
  4. Experience in pastoral counseling or related field.
  5. Completion of Hospice Staff training.


Job Specifications

  1. Per Diem / Hourly / Non-Exempt.
  2. Home office: North Kingstown, RI, however Chaplain will see patients in all service areas per department needs.


It is the policy of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.


Applications must be submitted in writing to Human Resources via email to dpagliaro@visitingnursehh.org or via fax to 401-682-7562.


Req# 2022-016