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Austin, TX
Mission Minded, Patient Centered. At Hospice Austin, our team members work collaboratively to provide compassionate care, services, and comfort to people with a life limiting illness. Join one of Austin’s most beloved nonprofit organizations where employees are valued and respected and enjoy making a difference while receiving excellent benefits.

Position: Chaplain (PRN – On Call Shifts Overnight and Weekends)

The successful candidate will be a member in good standing in a religious or spiritual community; demonstrate competency for the varied religious, spiritual, and ethnic populations served; work well independently, as well as with interdisciplinary teams of RNs and Social Workers; have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and be computer proficient with excellent documentation skills. 

Position Summary

Hospice Austin has an opening for a PRN Chaplain to provide spiritual care in support of patients and families during on call shifts after hours on weekdays (15-hour shifts, 5pm-8am) and weekends (24-hour shifts, 8am – 8am). Occasional weekday shifts may become available, but this coverage is not required. Must be available 1-2 weekend days per month, 5-8 weekday nights per month, and an occasional holiday requiring 24-hour coverage.  The number of paid work hours per week is expected to range from 5-20 hours.

Job Responsibilities/Duties:
  • Provides spiritual care to patients and families.    
    •  Contacts patients in home and inpatient settings, conducts spiritual/pastoral assessment as indicated and appropriate, as soon as possible after admission.
    •    Provides spiritual/pastoral support in accordance with on-going wishes and needs of the patient/family, as needed and defined by the patient/family.
    • Develops individualized spiritual/pastoral plan of care which demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the patient.
    • Conducts religious services of prayer, worship and rituals for patients/families, as appropriate.
    • Offers patients/families of different philosophies and religious beliefs opportunities to discuss and share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values.
    • Documents patient care provided in the patient’s clinical record in a timely manner.  
    • Works with other professionals in resolving spiritual/pastoral/ethical issues.
    • Works in a team approach with members of the IDT and other qualified professionals, to evaluate patient/family response to care.
    • Attends IDT meeting to disseminate and communicate information about patients and families to appropriate team members.
    • Maintains appropriate and timely contact as indicated in plan of care.
    • Assesses patient/family response to and satisfaction with care.
    • Abides by minimum expectations for on call rotation.
    • Officiate at funerals and memorial services.       
    • Performs POS documentation and completes/signs all documentation according to agency protocol.
    • Complies with minimum weekly visit and minimum direct patient care hours requirements per company protocol.   
    • Other duties as assigned.
  •  Provides spiritual support to agency 
    • ​​​​​​​ Upon request, meets with individual staff regarding personal spiritual/pastoral issues that may affect their ability to function effectively.
    • Available to staff for bereavement support.
    • Participates in development of approaches to meet staff counseling needs.
Minimum Training/Education and Experience:  
  • One year CPE or a minimum of one year hospice or related experience.
  • Member in good standing in religious community.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license, auto liability insurance and safe driving record.
  • Skill in office computer software.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree (e.g., Master of Divinity, Master of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Master of Theological Studies, etc.) is required
  • Ordination.
  • Experience in hospice or hospital environment preferred.
•    Mileage reimbursement 
•    Cell phone equipment 
•    Employee Assistance Program 
•    Employee Referral Program
•    Paid orientation

Apply at www.hospiceaustin.org or call our office at (512) 539-6066 for more information. 

Hospice Austin is an equal opportunity employer.


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