Palliative Care Spiritual Care Provider- Cape Breton, NS






Job Title: Palliative Care Spiritual Care Provider 

Req ID: 11974 
Location: Eastern Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital 
Company: NSHA 
Department: 3000661 PASTORAL CARE – REG 
Type of Employment: Regular Hourly PT (30% FTE) x 1 position(s) 
Union Status: Management/Non Union Non-Union 
Posting Closing Date: 01-Mar-18 

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. 


Reporting to the both the Director of Spiritual Care (Eastern Zone-Cape Breton) the incumbent will provide support to the Palliative Care program and otehr programs/departments as needed: 

Spiritual Care Provision in the Palliative Care Program provides spiritual care and emotional support, including exploration of issues that are of meaning and value and/or issues causing moral or spiritual distress to patients, their families, staff, and others. May assist with advance care planning and conduct cultural and spiritual assessments and care plan for patients with advanced serious or life-limiting illness. The incumbent will work closely with the Multi-Disciplinary team in the Palliative Care Program providing both in-patient and community care.  

The incumbent will assure Spiritual assessment of patients, families, caregivers and staff in Palliative Care program including inpatient and community based patients; facilitates the development of the individualized plan of care by participating in the comprehensive assessment to meet identified spiritual needs; provides direct spiritual care to patients and families/caregivers; serves as liaison and support to community clergy and faith leaders; maintains records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance; documents direct services and ongoing communication; attends patient care conference and interdisciplinary group meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team on Palliative Care; provides consultation; education and support to the interdisciplinary group regarding spiritual care and may provide support to the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Preference will be given to a person who is on the path towards certification as an Educator/Supervisor with Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. 


•   Master’s Degree with relevant theological, divinity or spiritual studies from a recognized institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools or with related experience and working toward such a degree. 
•   Working towards Clinical Pastoral Education in a health care setting 
•   Two years’ clinical experience as a Spiritual Care Practitioner in an institutional setting 
•   Valid certification as a Specialist in Spiritual Care by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and/or working towards Educator/Supervisor certification preferred 
•   Current membership with Canadian Association for Spiritual Care 
•   Experience working in the context of death and dying and/or palliative care considered an asset 
•   Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills 
•   Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
•   Access to a car as regular travel is required for clinical visit. 
•   Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred 
•   Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment 

Hours of Work 

Permanent Part-Time (30%) Position; 22.5 Hours Bi-weekly; 

Salary Information 

Palliative Care Spiritual Care Provider with Masters Degree and Certification (BANDR04): 

$24.5264 – $30.6580 hourly 

Palliative Care Spiritual Care Provider working toward Certification (BANDR03): 

$23.0886 – $28.8608 hourly 

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date. 

Successful external applicants will be required to submit a criminal record check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment. 

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Only online applications are accepted. 

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