You reflected on how negative your description of your setting was. I would say, there is a difference between being negative and being critically truthful. I see your description of your setting as being critically truthful. The hospital setting and understanding of importance of interdisciplinary team is different I think than the continuing care setting, so I’m not sure how applicable my experience might be. I can say I started finding the more complete integration happen when I began more intentionally interacting on a one-on-one more personal level with the staff. As they got to know and trust me with their own stuff and experience all I had to offer, they then began to trust me with their patients too. I wish I had thoughts for you on the administrative end, being a “worker bee” I have not really had a place at the table there, it has always been my supervisors having those conversations.
Any how, I do hear the seemingly eternal frustration of not being more integrated. I remember feeling that same thing when I first started here.
I wonder, what is the history of chaplains at your place – have they always been professional board certified chaplains or is that something new? I wonder if there might be some aha’s to be found in the institutions history with chaplains.