Salary: $28.20 – $48.45 per hour
Driver’s License, Vehicle Required
Functioning as a member of the interprofessional health care team, the primary responsibilities of the Spiritual Health Practitioner include: providing support/liaison as well as direct religious and spiritual care to patients, families and staff in hospitals and LTCs across the East section of the AHS Central Zone (County of Vermilion River, MD of Provost, MD of Wainwright, Beaver Flagstaff County, Lamont, Two Hills Minburn County), ensuring their spirituality and/or faith traditions are respected, building capacity for spiritual attentiveness and spiritual caregiving among staff, building strong relationships with community faith leaders who provide spiritual support in hospitals and LTCs, organizing/facilitating professional development/educational activities/programs to ensure excellence in the provision of spiritual care.
Aligned with the AHS mandate of a patient and family centered approach to care, the Spiritual Health Practitioner is accountable for providing leadership in the profession for the assigned site(s), consultation, expertise, and direct service delivery in all matters related to spiritual health care in the context of health and care delivered at the assigned site(s). The Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) responds to spiritual health needs identified by patients, families, and staff through a process of spiritual assessment and care. Reflecting a holistic, compassionate approach to care, the Spiritual Health Practitioner advances an evidence based spiritual health care approach within the assigned site(s)/programs inclusive of patients/families, staff, physicians, and volunteers which is integrated into interprofessional collaborative team practice. Spiritual Care Professional Practice is to be delivered in alignment with an advancement of AHS provincial professional practice standards, frameworks, and guidelines.
Provision of Patient-Centered Spiritual and Emotional Care. Provides direct and indirect patient care including spiritual needs assessment, intervention, education, advocacy, resource finding, and consultation throughout the patient care process. Acts as an advocate to support staff understanding of the spiritual and cultural needs of patients/family members. Refers, as needed, to religious community visitors with patient/family consent, and responds to referrals from religious community visitors. Conducts and/or facilitates spiritual/religious rituals or ceremonies. Provides direct post-trauma support as needed, consistent with AHS guidelines and evidence informed practice. Provides grief support for patients and families. Contributes to collaborative interprofessional practice, including participation in patient care conferences and leadership meetings. Participates in Advanced Caring Planning/Goals of Care Designation. Supports team with information to support ethical decision making, and provides ethic consults dependent upon appropriate training. Ensures appropriate resources are available to assist staff in meeting patient/family spiritual health needs. Documents spiritual assessments and interventions on the health care record. Professional Leadership: Capacity Building, Education, Program Planning, Evaluation Liaison, and Site Representation. Initiates or participates in liaising with and supporting religious community visitors through recruitment, orientation, education, and retention strategies as required. Prepares and presents workshop/education sessions for staff. Establishes a visible presence for spiritual healthcare across the healthcare sites. Attends Ministerial meetings and site meetings.
A Master’s degree in Theology or Spirituality. Member in good standing of CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care). A Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) or a commitment to achieve certification within 2 years. At least one (1) year of relevant clinical experience. Ability to educate and empower staff and community clergy to share in the work of spiritual care.
Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of applicable legislative, AHS and/or departmental policies. Ability to effectively work with diversity. Excellent counseling/clinical skills and compliance with confidentiality requirements. Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment with ability to multi-task. Demonstrated competence in enabling effective team collaboration between colleagues, staff, volunteers and community resources. Knowledge of research procedures, methods, techniques, statistical principles, measurement theories and data collection instruments. This position requires a vehicle for business use. Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle in good repair for work-related travel.
To apply, go to AHS.ca/Careers and click on Apply Now, then search for Requisition #: ALB ALB00009968.