Chaplain- Spiritual Health Practitioner- Calgary

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Chaplain – Spiritual Health Practitioner

Requisition #: ALB00031929

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Salary: $28.20 – $48.45 per hour

Your Opportunity:

The South Health Campus is more than just a “hospital.” It’s a campus environment that includes inpatient, outpatient, and wellness services, as well as prevention and public health learning opportunities for the community. The SHC has four key pillars of service: Collaborative Practice, Wellness, Innovation, Patient and Family Centered Care. These pillars guide the development and delivery of service to all patients and families at SHC. Working on a first name basis with patients and staff you will support a dynamic interfaith community that embodies AHS’s patient first approach. As a connector, leader and spokesperson for a complex interdisciplinary clinical environment no day will look the same.

The Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) responds with compassion and inclusiveness to the spiritual health needs identified by patients, families, and staff through a tailored approach to assessment and care. Reflecting a holistic, compassionate methodology to care, the Spiritual Health Practitioner advances an evidence based spiritual health care approach within the SHC community. As such, you are skilled in providing existential, spiritual, and religious patient care across beliefs, cultural perspectives and practices and is therefore to be distinguished from religious community visitors whose patient care is circumscribed by the perspectives and practices of particular religious/spiritual communities. The successful candidate will rely on accomplished interpersonal communication, prioritization and self-awareness skills to liaise with faith leaders, coordinate site events and navigate a constantly changing caseload.

All Non-Union/Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusions in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.

Description:

 Solo practitioner that addresses the needs of patients, family, staff and correlative site relationships encountering crisis, disability, loss, bereavement and end of life care. The ability to leverage technology in the planning and response to daily support initiatives. Charting, completing INFOMED stats (workload measures), responding to emails, organizing specialized events, public speaking and presentations. Representative on multiple committees including but not limited to; Professional Practice Committee, Spiritual Care Advisory Committee and Site Ethics Committee. Membership and transitioning to leadership of the Critical Incident Support Team. Proactive in developing/ implementing effective strategies to resolve issues and problems, creating safe space as well as building bridges with the proven ability to respect the privacy and maintain confidentiality. Engagement in self-reflective practice that assesses the impact of one’s own spirituality, beliefs, values, assumptions, and power dynamics in relationship with clients. Research and ongoing skill development fostering a systematic learning approach to service. Liaising with community spiritual leaders. Building strategic interdisciplinary relationships with site staff. Core hours of work will vary depending on caseload, events and support requirements. Scheduled on-call overnights and weekends supporting South Health Campus, Rockyview General Hospital and Peter Lougheed Centre responding to calls related to Death, dying and/or major trauma scenarios.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Theology and/or Spirituality.
  • Member in good standing of CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) or APC (Association of Professional Chaplains).
  • Specialist with CASC or APC or in process with a commitment to achieve certification within a year.
  • Minimum (5) years of relevant clinical experience within the last 7 years in an acute care clinical setting.
  • Experience educating and empowering staff and religious community members to share in the work of spiritual care.
  • Professional experience leveraging active listening skills, prioritizing and planning for the coordination of care needs, needs related to death, dying, and major trauma.
  • Extensive experience using an array of clinical skills to actively support patients, families, staff and related responsibilities in compliance with confidentiality requirements.
  • Demonstrated competence in enabling effective collaboration between colleagues, staff, volunteers and community resources.
  • Accomplished oral and written communication skills as well as knowledge of psychological theory, chronic disease care, end-of-life care and family dynamics.
  • Professional computer and technology skills to facilitate interdisciplinary charting and communication.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Heart and Stroke BLS.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training/experience in Critical Incident Response (CIST).
  • Previous exposure/training in clinical ethics or related.
  • Preference will be given to candidates that exemplify an understanding of the complex role that spiritual support plays within a dynamic acute care setting.

How to Apply:

Please visit https://careers.albertahealthservices.ca/ and search for Job Requisition #: ALB00031929

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