Healthcare Chaplaincy, Part 2

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 which says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Hosea Ballou. He said, “Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Healthcare Chaplaincy (Part 2)

— Training & Placement Options

Hospital settings often require extensive education and experience, as well as denominational endorsement for chaplaincy credentialing and employment. In contrast, hospice, eldercare, and other outside-hospital-walls chaplaincies are not yet as structured and regulated. Education and credentialing criteria for chaplains in those areas may not be as formalized. The prudent chaplain applicant will ascertain the specific requirements from his or her endorsing body and the desired employing agency as early as possible.

Healthcare chaplains can serve in full-time, part-time, or pro re nata (PRN) positions, meaning they are contracted, on-call staff members who respond “as needed.” Other chaplain positions in the healthcare setting include staff chaplains, spiritual care department chairs, and specially trained and accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisors who oversee both CPE intern trainees and CPE supervisors-in-training, each of which is described briefly below.