To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

Under the direction of an ACPE certified chaplain supervisor assists with the direct ministry to patients, their families and caregivers via spiritual assessment and support, pastoral and sacramental care. The chaplain resident is also responsible for initiating and implementing new methods of addressing patients' and family members' emotional and spiritual needs and for collaborating with other members of the health care team to communicate and coordinate care. The chaplain resident also participates fully in the Clinical Pastoral Education curricular activities.



  • 1. Establish a learning contract with the assigned chaplain supervisor and other chaplain residents that will direct learning and clinical ministry according to the standards of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
  • 2. Participate in the structured educational program and reviews and reflects on all ministry which is being provided.
  • 3. Responsible for direct ministry to patients and families and support for staff on particular services and in-patient units and via periodic on-call coverage for the entire hospital.
  • 4. Provide for all aspects of ministry including: spiritual assessment and the provision of pastoral care, pastoral visitation and counseling on own initiative and in response to referrals, with particular attention to ministry to persons in crisis, with life-threatening illness, near the end-of-life, and at the time of death, and to their families and friends.
  • 5. Coordinate and arrange community clergy referrals at patient's request.
  • 6. Carry out duties in collaboration with other hospital staff and participate in interdisciplinary communication and coordination of care by attending team meetings and patient/family care conferences, and through appropriate verbal and written reports on patient care.
  • 7. Document spiritual assessments, goals and interventions in the Medical Record and contribute to department record-keeping in terms of responses to referrals, on-call encounters, baptisms, etc.
  • 8. Provide, assist, and/or arrange for hospital-wide worship services as needed, on holidays and for special occasions, and provide for service or unit level memorial and other services for staff on request.
  • 9. Participate in appropriate meetings with professional and ecclesial organizations to monitor the educational process and establish professional collegiality.



Position requires Bachelor's Degree, one year or its equivalent of graduate theological education, and one, ACPE, Inc. accredited, unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.


One half (1/2) to one (1) year of pastoral experience, full time or part time, in an institutional or congregational setting.


Demonstrated emotional and spiritual maturity sufficient to work in a crisis and chronic illness setting. Demonstrated capacity to participate in the educational methodology of Clinical Pastoral Education.

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