Patient Advocate – Spiritual Health Practitioner- Hanna, Alberta

Patient Advocate – Spiritual Health Practitioner

Requisition #: ALB00069908

Location: Hanna, Alberta

Posting End Date: November 15, 2018

Job Type: Regular Part Time

Salary: $28.20 – $48.45 per hour

Your Opportunity:

 Are you looking for a new opportunity? We have an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference with the Spiritual Health team in Central Zone!

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 inter-professional collaborative team practice. Spiritual Care Professional Practice is to be delivered in alignment with and advancement of AHS provincial professional practice standards, frameworks, and guidelines.

As a health care professional, the Spiritual Health Practitioner is 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. Designated communities for this position are Hanna, Drumheller, Three Hills, Coronation, Consort, Provost and Galahad.

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

 Job Description:

 Provides direct and indirect patient care including spiritual needs assessment, intervention, education, advocacy, resource finding, and consultation throughout the patient care process as required. Supports patients in working through changes in their health and functional status, for example, their loss of independence, grief, meaning, forgiveness, trust, and other significant components of human existence and experience. 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. Initiates or participates in liaising with and supporting religious community visitors through recruitment, orientation, education, and retention strategies as required. Conducts and/or facilitates spiritual/religious rituals or ceremonies as required. Collaborates with local Ministerial Associations to build community capacity within designated healthcare facilities within the Central Zone Leads and/or participates in patient groups, e.g. Spirituality group; loss and grief support group. Provides direct post-trauma support as needed, consistent with AHS guidelines and evidence informed practice. Contributes to collaborative inter-professional practice, including participation in patient care conferences and contributing to the development of the plan of care as appropriate. Participates in Advanced Caring Planning/Goals of Care Designation. Supports patient/family in ethical decision making (e.g. end-of-life). Ensures appropriate resources and facilitates training opportunities to assist staff in meeting patient/family spiritual health needs Documents spiritual assessments and interventions on the health care record.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters in Theology and/or Spirituality/Religion or a clinically related field with confirmation of educational equivalency obtained from the Academic Assessment Committee of the national professional association, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels, (CASC/ACSS).
  • 2nd Advanced Level, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with commitment toward certification as a spiritual care practitioner, (CASC) within three years.
  • Current Membership or Associate Membership of CASC/ACSS.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaborative relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effective communication, problem solving, change management and organizational skills.
  • Minimum of two to five years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of and skills to address the needs of people encountering crisis, disability, loss, bereavement and end of life care.
  • Engages in self-reflective practice, and assesses the impact of one’s own spirituality, beliefs, values, assumptions, and power dynamics in relationship with clients.
  • Continues to develop and maintain personal and professional growth, awareness and self-understanding.
  • Critical thinking and application of principles of evidence based practice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to collaborate respectfully and work effectively with various spiritual, religious, cultural groups, and all levels of staff.
  • Ability to foster interdisciplinary capacity for spiritual screening.
  • Ability to work in a professional manner and promote a holistic perspective to care.
  • Requires an understanding of systems thinking – the ability to think about components of a system in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems.
  • Demonstrated skills in reflective and collaborative practice, active listening, negotiation, advocacy, and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and ability to establish external partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of relevant spiritual health care experience as a certified spiritual care practitioner is preferred.
  • Broad understanding of AHS and health care issues and site(s)’ patient service delivery models and systems is an asset.
  • Enhanced professional leadership skills to foster interdisciplinary capacity for spiritual screening, history taking, and spiritual care support is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Internet is an asset.

Apply online and join our dynamic team!


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