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Include These Chaplain Skills
- Ministerial experience
- An interest in spirituality
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Counseling abilities
- A friendly and approachable manner
- Ethical behavior and confidentiality
- Being able to stay calm in stressful situations
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Dear Ms. Haynes:
Upon learning of your search for a new Chaplain for your facility, I felt compelled to send you the enclosed document outlining my experience and credentials. With my dedication to providing spiritual guidance to patients and their families in emotionally distressing and challenging circumstances, I am prepared to make a significant and positive impact on Hope Springs Medical Center.
My background includes administering last rites, counseling patients and caregivers, managing hospital chapels, and completing various religious/spiritual duties. I offer sensitive and compassionate communication skills, a commitment to ethics and confidentiality, and an ability to lead prayer and meditation activities to bring comfort to those in need. Furthermore, I excel at leveraging my passion and enthusiasm for spiritual guidance and participation to improve patient and family experiences.
Highlights of my experience include the following:
Counseling and providing spiritual care to patients and family members of all ages and backgrounds as a Chaplain for the Pine Ridge Level II Trauma Center in Lincoln, NE; facilitating post-death bereavement processes, including support group referrals, individual counseling, and crisis response resources; Remaining on-call availability 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Visiting and counseling up to 30 patients and families each day, providing direct spiritual care to patients, family members, and hospital staff while resolving crises and emotional issues through strong empathy, support, prayer, and scripture recitation.
Delivering worship experiences for patients, employees, and families at patients’bedsides or in hospital chapel.
Liaising effectively between doctors, nursing staff, and family members, keeping them abreast of patient status and delivering difficult news to families; comforting and assisting families with necessary arrangements following their loved ones’death.
Demonstrating a commitment to advancing personal education in the field of theology; achieving extensive training in Counseling and Theology.
My skills and background in spiritual leadership, combined with my commitment to empathic and supportive bereavement support, would enable me to make a substantial contribution to Hope Springs. The chance to discuss this opportunity further would be most welcome.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Heather E. Flynn