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CommonSpirit Health Chaplain in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.


  • Delivers spiritual care and assessment appropriate to emergency and/or life-threatening situations, the critically ill or dying patient’s spirituality, culture, religious preference and health status; provides spiritual support to grieving families; attends to spiritual and emotional needs of specific patient and family populations as assigned.

  • Works closely and effectively with care managers, interdisciplinary care teams, social workers, nursing and medical staff to provide excellence in patient care.

  • Utilizes spiritual care guidelines where developed for family and staff education; documents and maintains records of spiritual care; responds to referrals regarding specialized needs of patients, families, and staff.

  • Provides spiritual, educational, and ethical consultation for patients, families, staff and volunteers; contributes to ethical consultation and family conferences appropriately and when needed.

  • Participates in service-line activities according to established policy and procedures.

  • Makes sacraments available according to established policy and procedure.

  • Provides education or offers of assistance in regard to Advance Directives and serves as advocate for honoring a patient’s Advance Directive.

  • Investigates, identifies and implements strategies to more effectively use available resources to meet client needs.

  • Facilitates prayer as appropriate to area of service.

  • Participates in crisis intervention on traumas, Level One heart incidences, codes, and deaths, with debriefing as necessary.

  • Initiates all ethics consults for the Ethics Committee.

  • Documents and maintains records of pastoral activity.

  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Attends departmental and hospital meetings as assigned.

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.

  • Adheres to organizational and department-specific safety standards and guidelines.

  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.

  • Demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Divinity, Pastoral Ministry or Spirituality or the equivalent from an accredited college, university, or recognized deaconate formation program

  • At least two (2) units Clinical Pastoral Education, or one year experience in hospital ministry or other experience in a clinical setting that would demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the position

  • Ecclesiastical endorsement from Bishop of the diocese or religious superiors

  • Meets the education requirements of the National Accreditation of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), or National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) certification preferred; eligibility for, or in active process of, certification considered

  • One year experience in hospital ministry or other experience in a clinical setting that would demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the position

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter Abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire


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Requisition ID 2021-176897

Employment Type Full Time

Department Chaplaincy Services & Pastoral Care

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Varied

Standard Hours Varied

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.