What Being A Spiritual Care Volunteer Involves

Spiritual Care Volunteers assist the hospital’s professional Spiritual Care Coordinator by making assigned rounds to patients, families and staff. The volunteer becomes an additional referral source to alert the Spiritual Care Coordinator of follow-up needs a patient or family may have.
The goal is to create an environment where spiritual, emotional and physical healing can occur.

The Volunteer …

  • Offers empathetic listening and supportive presence
  • Offers prayer and/or appropriate readings only when mutually agreed upon by the patient and/or family
  • Notifies the patient’s faith community if the patient so desires and grants permission
  • Documents observations made and any actions taken, or follow-up needs on cards filed on the Spiritual Care office
  • Communicates to Spiritual Care Coordinator any pertinent observations.

The Volunteer does not …

  • Give advice or proselytize
  • Attempt to “fix” the patient’s problems
  • Become involved in the patient’s physical care
  • Become involved in legal or ethical issues or promote his/her own religious beliefs
  • Share his/her own personal problems, emotional needs, or health experiences

The process of becoming a volunteer includes …

  • Completing a Spiritual Care Volunteer application
  • Interview with the Spiritual Care Coordinator
  • Health Screening
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Orientation including 8 classroom hours and 8 hours of practicum
  • Being a member of a faith community
  • Making a 6 month commitment of consistent service
  • Being at least 21 years of age

More information:

The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Chaplain & Spiritual Care Coordinator

El Camino Hospital Los Gatos

O: 408.866.3860

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