Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Department of Pastoral Care volunteers are given an opportunity to be a resource of hospitality and spiritual support to patients and their families in a variety of faith traditions.

Field education

The Department of Pastoral Care serves as a field education placement for graduate and divinity school students interested in pastoral care in the hospital setting. This placement usually requires 10 hours per week. The students receive direct supervision and training from a staff chaplain. The placement prepares students for C.P.E. as well as pastoral care in congregational and institutional settings.

St. Thomas Hospital/Nashville Clinical Pastoral Education Partnership (C.P.E.)

Resident: one year
Summer Intern: 10 weeks
Extern: six months

Residency positions

Our residency is a collaborative program of Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, St. Thomas Hospital, McKendree Village, Baptist Hospital, Alive Hospice, DeBerry Prison, Riverbend Prison, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Clinics, administered through St. Thomas Hospital.

Residency positions provide

  • A distinctive program in an extraordinary community
  • The richness of a variety of clinical settings
  • Informed by religious mission and academic excellence
  • A new and exciting clinical pastoral education concept

Program goals

  • Form the pastoral person
  • Develop pastoral competence
  • Integrate theological understandings into practice
  • Learn interdisciplinary theories which form human care
  • Increase awareness in the self-in-relationship
  • Celebrate the joy in one's calling


Five positions at $28,000 each, plus health care insurance


The Saint Thomas Hospital/Nashville CPE Partnership is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Last Edited: October 18, 2017
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