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Posted 11/5/2018

Job Title:

Certified Nurse Practitioner for Priests’ Health


Vicar for Priests Office


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time


The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.


Proposed Job:

The Office of Vicar for Priests requests that the Archdiocese hire a full-time health care professional, with experience and expertise in working independent with a population of men, to aid, promote, educate, and attend to the overall well-being and health of archdiocesan priests, especially those in full-time active ministry, in Lake and Cook Counties.



The successful candidate in this position will encourage, educate, accompany and manage healthcare outreach and resources for the active priests of the Archdiocese. He/she will focus on personal visits and tailored suggestions to ensure and promote a holistic understanding of well being for each priest.  He/she will work under the guidance of the Office of Vicar for Priests and report directly to the Office of Vicar for Priests; however, he/she will consistently exercise independent discretion and judgment in the performance of his/her duties. He/she will also collaborate with the Priests’ Retirement and Mutual Aid Association (PRMAA) and other entities associated with priests’ health and well-being.


Essential Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Being available to visit each rectory and/or priest.
  • Provide information and education on health benefits available to priests through the Archdiocesan Healthcare plan.
  • Review the nutritional practices, living situation, and promote annual physicals.
  • Provide advanced health counseling and education and advocacy for healthy habits to archdiocesan priests in active ministry
  • Offer opportunity to take blood pressure, blood sugar level, pulse, body temperature, and other similar basic nursing assessments that can be performed by a certified nurse practitioner without the direction or supervision of a licensed physician in accordance with his/her licensure/certification(s).
  • Conduct a general health interview with the priest.
  • When requested, visit priests in hospital or healthcare institution.
  • Organize and maintain a confidential wellness file for each priest in accordance with applicable privacy laws (e.g., HIPPA, GINA and ADA).
  • Facilitate and assist PRMAA with the process of transition when a priest retires from active ministry.
  • Organize, obtain and provide information on current assignment, emergency contacts, primary physicians, and specialists of each priest.
  • Encourage and assist priests to obtain a healthcare power of attorney and medical directives consistent with Catholic moral teaching.
  • Respond to phone calls or emails requesting resources, information or assistance with specific health care issues during business hours.
  • Provide paper or online health educational materials.
  • Develop contacts with local hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Meet quarterly with the Vicars for Priests to review activity, provide general health of the priests, and, if necessary, make recommendations for follow up.
  • Attend Priest Convocations as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with vicariate and deanery leaders to coordinate opportunities to provide necessary health information for area priests.
  • Develop structural and service systems to provide supportive assistance in navigation to promote independence at the various levels of health needs.
  • Assist priests in navigating the health care system and provide clarification and instruction when needed.


Experience / Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of healing ministry in the church. Values, beliefs, and spirituality consistent with those of the Catholic Church. Healthy integration of medical knowledge and Catholic attitude of healthcare.
  • Experience, expertise and comfort in working with men aged 26 and above, and knowledge of the healthcare needs of this population.
  • Working knowledge of applicable privacy laws (e.g., HIPPA, GINA and ADA)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Able to accommodate flexible hours/schedule.
  • Possess and understand current information on health practices.
  • Support the vocation and mission of diocesan priests.
  • Knowledge of health services and resources in the Chicagoland area.
  • Ability to work autonomously, be self-motivated, self-directed.
  • Customarily and regularly exercises independent judgment and discretion in the performance of his/her daily responsibilities and functions with only general supervision
  • Organizational skills to operate and maintain an orderly filing system in compliance with applicable privacy laws (e.g., HIPPA, GINA and ADA).
  • Able to promote the philosophy of wellness through physical and mental health programs.
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office
  • Focus on community wellness; opportunities for exercise, nutritional food choices, and safety.  Educate as necessary on these topics.


Personal Attributes:

  • Reliable transportation.
  • Comfortable driving into the various neighborhoods of the city of Chicago and the suburban areas of Cook and Lake counties.
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and friendly manner and professionally performs nursing assessments.
  • Work collaboratively with Vicars for Priests, PRMAA, other entities associated with priests’ health and well being, and network with other healthcare professionals.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in nursing from an approved nursing program with minimum ten years of experience in either inpatient or outpatient care.
  • Possess current valid license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to practice nursing in Illinois as an advanced practice nurse in the role of certified nurse practitioner and other certifications, if any, required for such role.
  • Current valid Illinois Driver’s license


Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to transcend stairs
  • Ability to lift to 15 lbs. and carry 15 lbs.
  • Ability to kneel, stand; and walk up to ¼ mile
  • Ability to see and hear

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement plan.  In addition, we offer paid vacation, holiday, sick and personal time.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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