Spiritual Health Practitioner
Requisition #: ALB00079993
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
Job Type: Regular Part Time
Salary: $28.20 – $48.45 per hour
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 support in the profession for the assigned sites, Red Deer Regional Health Centre and supporting the communities of Innisfail and Stettler. The Spiritual Health Practitioner 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 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 who patient care is circumscribed by the perspectives and practices of particular religious/spiritual communities. The Spiritual Health Practitioner contributes to caring for the soul of the organization/site, facilitating integration of a holistic approach to supporting the wellbeing of patients, families and staff. 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.
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. 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. Leads in patient groups and provides grief support for patients and their families. Supports team with information to support ethical decision making Conducts and or facilitates spiritual/religious rituals or ceremonies as required. Ensures appropriate resources are available to assist staff in meeting patient/family spiritual health needs. Encourages and contributes to research related to spiritual health. Prepares and presents workshops/education sessions for staff as well provides tools and builds skills to enable healthcare staff to undertake basic spiritual screening that may lead to referral. Prepares and presents workshops/education sessions to community clergy and religious community visitors who are supporting our healthcare communities. Documents spiritual assessments and interventions on the health care record. Maintains as required an appropriate system of record keeping that reflects effective communication, monitoring, and evaluation of religious community visitors care activities and resources. Establishes a visible presence for spiritual health care approach across the healthcare sites to: representation on hospital and patient related on-site committees and planning forums.
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.
CASC Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner; certification equivalency; or eligibility for certification