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Chaplain PRN - Medical Center

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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June 14, 2024

At Houston Methodist, the Chaplain PRN is responsible for providing spiritual care to meet the spiritual, religious, emotional and psychological needs of Houston Methodist patients and their family members. This position provides spiritual care support for Houston Methodist employees, visitors and physicians. The Chaplain PRN position makes spiritual care visits with patients to conduct initial assessments and for follow-up care. This position follows established patient care plans, proactively identifying when a change in approach or intervention is necessary, taking appropriate action and involving others as needed. The Chaplain PRN position works independently, exercising sound judgment and executing above average critical thinking skills on challenging situations, with the ability to work collaboratively with peers. This position assists leadership in carrying out the Houston Methodist mission, vision and values, participating in and leading activities in these efforts.


  • Facilitates a supportive and positive environment for Houston Methodist patients, family members, visitors, employees and physicians. Assists leadership with planning and carrying out Houston Methodist mission, vision and values. Provides spiritual care support to Houston Methodist employees.
  • Influences a dynamic, team-focused work unit that helps to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating in a positive, supportive, non-judgmental manner. Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
  • Serves as mentor to CPE students and spiritual care volunteers as assigned. Orients and precepts new chaplains, as assigned.
  • Exhibits and demonstrates healthy work relationships such as mitigation of conflict, leading problem-solving and resolution efforts. Recommends initiatives to improve department scores for employee engagement.

  • Provides spiritual care to meet the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs of patients and their family members of all faiths, during hospitalization and particularly for pre-operative, critically ill and dying patients. Enables others to utilize their own faith as a resource for health and healing.
  • Makes visits with patients to conduct spiritual care assessments, in response to referrals and codes, and for follow-up care. Follows established patient care plans, proactively identifying when a change in approach or intervention is necessary, taking appropriate action and involving others as needed. Enables patients to participate in their plan of care as applicable.
  • Serves as liaison with community clergy, local congregations and denominational groups. Utilizes community resources to assist in meeting the spiritual needs of others.
  • Serves as the initial point of contact for providing crisis intervention for patients, family members, visitors, employees and physicians.
  • Recommends initiatives/activities to meet/exceed department and organization targets for patient satisfaction measures

  • Participates in interprofessional health team rounds; proactively identifies need for intervention and takes action, involving others as necessary. Reports ¿near misses¿ and documents in the electronic documentation system.
  • Accurately and thoroughly documents patient visits and spiritual care provided in the patient's record.
  • Consults with physicians, clinical management, hospital leadership and staff to assess quality and safety of services provided. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and improvement, providing recommendations; contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety.

  • Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks to achieve maximum results in a timely manner. Utilizes time efficiently, demonstrating responsible financial stewardship, and proactively helps other team members.

  • Participates in and may plan and lead various department and/or hospital-wide activities such as, but not limited to worship services, I CARE values integration, accreditation readiness, bioethics, etc. Assists with special projects and serves on various hospital committees as identified.
  • Participates in and represents the hospital in Houston Methodist sponsored community activities. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Bachelor degree, preferably in related field
  • Four units of clinical pastoral education (CPE) from institution(s) accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).

  • One year which may be consecutive with completion of CPE units
  • N/A

  • Chaplain - Board Certified Chaplain (BCCI) within 3 years OR
  • Chaplain - Board Certified Chaplain (APC) within 3 years OR
  • Chaplain - National Association of Catholic Chaplain within 3 years OR
  • Chaplain - Associate Professional Chaplain (APC) within 3 years OR
  • Chaplain - Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (ACPE) within 3 years OR
  • CASC(C) - Canadian Assoc for Spiritual Care Certified within 3 years OR
  • Chaplain - Associate Clincial Pastoral Educator (ACPE) within 3 years OR
  • BCC, by other nationally recognized chaplain certifying body having comparable qualification requirements as APC and Cognates and as approved by HM System Director Spiritual Care


  • Endorsed for chaplaincy by a recognized endorsing body
  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates various computer systems to enter and maintain patient documents
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including organizing workflow and actively participating in problem-solving



  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs No
  • Business professional Yes
  • Other (department approved) No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* Yes

**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas (two-way tie) and one of America’s “Best Hospitals.” As a full-service, acute-care hospital located in the Texas Medical Center and the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, it has evolved into one of the nation’s largest nonprofit teaching hospitals and a leader in innovative medical research with a comprehensive residency program. Two of Houston Methodist’s primary academic affiliates are among the nation’s leading health care organizations: Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Houston Methodist also has affiliations with Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. With 948 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and more than 8,400 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers unparalleled care for thousands of patients from around the world.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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