Sunday, August 21: Each new chaplain resident was asked to take a four hour shift with the Staff Chaplain during his On Call. I am one of the only that didn't have specific responsibilities at their church on Sunday Morning. So I took the 8am-Noon shift. There were only two calls that came in during that time and two was enough for me to feel that the experience was successful. One call was to the ED (Emergency Department...think ER). The other call was to PRI (Psychiatric Research Institute). Both were calls that I needed to see and made me more comfortable being a chaplain. It was great being able to shadow and learn some easy procedural things about being called out. I learned that I have a lot to learn and that I will need the year to grow in my pastoral skills.
Monday: This was a day of training and orientation. I finished all my modules for the hospital and the training for how we chart our visits for patients.
Tuesday through Thursday I had the opportunity to see patients in the afternoon. Each day in the morning we are having learning time (didactics) or group time (with our cohort).
Friday was a big call and needs its own post.