Using the Eden Alternative’s Paradigm Busters Series, Tracy Bruwer, Manager at Riverside Park PADCA in Pietermaritzburg’, drafted new job descriptions for the staff in the care home and implemented them several years ago.
Here is an extract from one of these documents to show it can be different.
“The Clinical Mentor role in our community is vital to growing and maintaining trust, generosity and optimism in our environment. Your leadership style and sense of priorities sets the tone for the climate within our home. We need your assistance in keeping it as warm as possible here. The Clinical Mentor role in our community is fulfilled by someone with a nursing license. In traditional long-term care organizations, this would be the role of the Professional Nurse overseeing the nursing functions in the home.”
Tracey Lee Caldecott received the full Clinical Mentor job description when she started.
“At first I thought “this is the weirdest job description I have ever had!…..but on completion of reading my job description………I immediately felt part of the team I was joining, and I knew there was a lot of “heart” going into this job. It made me feel that there were no boundaries in what I could do in my job, this was what I was looking for in my new work environment.”
This is what Tracy Bruwer has to say about the value of having ‘edenized’ job descriptions ..
“They are more “positive” and a lot more encompassing/holistic. It requires the employee to ensure that the elders come “home” and not into institutional care as before. It takes the focus off the elder being seen as ill instead of largely well with the need for nursing care at specific times. The Eden Job Descriptions give scope to all employees to interact with elders on a personal basis and allowing the elders to Be the way they wish to be. Ultimately I believe the employee also experiences better job satisfaction.”