Staff Chaplain

Job Description

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Do you have a passion for providing pastoral and spiritual care? Are you interested in joining a growing, dynamic mission services team? St. Elizabeth Healthcare, located in Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana within the Greater Cincinnati region, is seeking a full-time staff chaplain for our Florence, KY Hospital. We are a Catholic healthcare ministry committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care by improving the health of the people and communities we serve. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare we seek diverse candidates to help facilitate our care for our increasingly diverse patient and associate populations. We are committed to care of the whole person and to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, all grounded in our sacred call to improve health, promote human dignity, and support those in need.

Job Duties

Spiritual Assessment

Contacts patient/family and attempts to complete the spiritual assessment within 5 working days of admission. Develops the spiritual plan of care and shares with the Case Manager.

Spiritual Follow-up

Develops a follow up plan on the initial assessment and makes visits/calls as indicated.


Documents initial assessment visit and places on the chart within 2 days of visit. Documents follow-up plan, interventions and in patient visits.

Communication Communicates to IDT on spiritual issues of patient/family. Refers to Bereavement Coordinator if anticipatory grief is an issue. Communicates and networks with patient’s clergy as requested by patient.

Education of Staff

Provides spiritual education to volunteers at time of training, to Hospice staff and to community when requested.

Facilitating Support Groups

Can assist in facilitating support groups if needed.

Supervising Volunteer Chaplain

Supervises work of volunteer chaplains and advises on issues.

Performs other duties as assigned.




  • College graduate and ecclesiastical endorsement/ordination. At least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent
  • Previous counseling experience.

  • Thorough understanding of goals and objectives of SEMC, including the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Facilities.

  • Knowledge and respect of religious beliefs/practices of other faith groups.

  • Two years of ministry


  • Masters of Divinity.
  • Experience in Hospice.
  • Certification in NACC or COC