FTE: 0.5

Reports to: Provincial Team and Health and Wellness Team

FLSA Class: Exempt

Organizational Mission: Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada, is part of an international congregation of Catholic women religious. Founded in 1800 by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, the Society of the Sacred Heart has more than 1,800 members in provinces in 41 countries. Members of the Society are known as Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and participate in the mission of the Catholic Church through the service of education.

RSCJ in the United States – Canada (USC) Province are teachers, administrators, lawyers, nurses, doctors, artists, writers, therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and social workers. Members can be found in a wide variety of ministries and settings, including universities, secondary and elementary schools and popular education centers and in hospitals, shelters, parishes, retreat centers, and prisons. You may wish to visit our national website at www.RSCJ.org or our international website at www.rscjinternational.org.

Summary of Position: The Health and Wellness Professional has the responsibility to facilitate the health and wellbeing of the Religious of the Sacred Heart living in the eastern portion of the United States Province. Advocacy and oversight of the individual while maintaining an awareness of the larger religious community and the impact of individual health issues on members of a small community.

A special focus will be on those who live in or who are transitioning to one of the retirement communities in Albany, New York, and Atherton, California. An understanding of geriatric, mental health and end of life issues is important.

Health and Wellness Practitioner Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance and support, to individual sisters and to the Provincial Team in an effort to achieve their best goals for health and wellness.
  • Conduct wellness evaluation and construct profiles on each individual. Specifically, meet on regular intervals with the individual in their community or living situation.
  • Develop short- and long-term health goals and plans. Work with the individual and the Provincial Team on how to best achieve these goals as deemed possible and appropriate.
  • As needed, investigate, and utilize local resources of health and wellness support for the individual and the larger religious community.
  • Work with the local health care providers and facilities (Terresian House, Avila, Abba) to coordinate healthcare needs and potential changes in status.
  • Facilitate health and wellness promotion and education as well as community resources as needed.
  • Accompany as needed individuals going to medical/health related appointments.
  • Review Medical-Power of Attorney Documents, clarify questions and remind individuals to keep these up to date and available in case of emergency.
  • Communicate and coordinate with other Health and Wellness Professionals regarding individuals relocating, sharing of resources and experiences. Collaborate with the Elder Care Committee, its chair and the Provincial Team to discuss, review, plan for current and future needs in response to trends within the province.
  • Occasionally write health and wellness related articles for Province publications.
  • Provide periodic reports summarizing the status of the individuals and communities in the Eastern U.S. Region.

Qualifications, Skills, Education and Licensure:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from an accredited college or university. Current RN License.
  • Masters of Nursing (or Health related field) preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years nursing experience. Case Management, Gerontology/Long Term Care experience desirable.
  • BLS Certification. (Including AED).

Skills, Understandings and Activities:

  • An appreciation and general understanding of religious life. Specifically, a knowledge of the Society of the Sacred Heart, its mission and its communities.
  • Understanding and compliance with HIPPA regulations.
  • Excellent ability to communicate.
  • An ability to work independently and be self-directed.
  • Proficient and access to computer/internet/video conferencing, (Microsoft, Word, Outlook, Zoom).
  • A valid driver license and the ability to travel as required.
  • Must live within a 3-hour drive of Albany, New York.