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Clinical Bioethicist - Mission Services

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Job ID: 34504
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Clinical Bioethicist - Mission Services for a Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day position.

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.


Responsible for acting as a key community and/or network resource and coordinator of clinical ethics across the continuum of care, which includes patients, their families, and caregivers in all settings. Assists in the education, communication, and deliberation of clinical and organizational ethics issues. Provides consultative support related to clinical and organizational ethics issues including, but not limited to, beginning and end-of-life care. Cross community support and engagement in local, network and system Mission Services initiatives is also an expectation of this role.


  1. Takes responsibility for the community and/or network ethics committee(s) as assigned, in conjunction with or acting as co-chair of the medical center’s committee, shaping agendas, facilitating meetings, researching and providing resources for ethical issues identified by the committee.
  2. Participates in interdisciplinary rounds on specific medical center units, evaluating cases for ethical issues that need to be addressed. Conducts and/or facilitates ethics case consultations, analyzes cases according to acceptable bioethics standards, identifies ethically appropriate options, and communicates those to patients, families, and staff.
  3. Educates others on Core Knowledge related to ethics consultation as identified by ASBH: Decision Making Capacity, Informed Consent, Surrogate Decision Making, Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives, End-of-Life Decision Making, Privacy and Confidentiality, Pregnancy and Perinatal Issues, Difficult Patients: Professional and Institutional Responses, Recognition of Context and Negotiation of Differences. Educates others regarding the clinical and organizational ethics issues related to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).
  4. Participates in new caregiver and provider orientation; engages in education regarding the ethics committee(s), ethics consultation service, the ERDs, facilitates enculturation in the PeaceHealth values-based decision-making model, and helps coordinate PeaceHealth’s formal discernment processes as appropriate.
  5. Participates, coordinates and serves as resource for ongoing ethics education programs and communicates this information to ethics committee(s), leaders and caregivers as appropriate. Works with other PeaceHealth entities to address the specific clinical and organizational ethics issues that arise and provides ethics education as needed.
  6. Collaborates with system leadership (or designees) regarding trends, cases, discernments and ongoing ethics needs related to clinical, social and organizational ethics issues. Serves as a System resource for critical projects as assigned.
  7. Participates as a member of the System Ethics Committee, attending meetings, participating in sub-committee work, and other functions as appropriate.
  8. Facilitates policy development and the review of policies for ethics issues.
  9. Engages in ethics-related quality improvement activities to address ethics-related quality opportunities within the domains of end-of-life care, shared decision making, the healthcare environment, and professional responsibility. Utilizes existing ethics reporting tools to demonstrate utilization of Ethics Services.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in health care ethics/bioethics or Theology or Philosophy with course work in healthcare ethics required with demonstrable knowledge of the Catholic moral tradition as applied to health care (may consider Masters candidates who have completed coursework and have relevant experience if MA is completed within 1 year of hire).
  • Relevant doctoral degree preferred.


  • Minimum of one year of experience in healthcare with knowledge of institutional operations and patient care issues is required.
  • Working knowledge and practical experience in clinical ethics required.
  • Experience working as an ethicist is preferred.
  • Experience in organizational ethics preferred.


  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Teaching and curriculum development skills.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Advanced training in and demonstrated working knowledge of cultural competency, motivational interviewing, conflict resolution, mediation, and social determinants of health.
  • A tolerance for ambiguity while providing clarity and ethical framing for uncertainty.
  • Ability to comfortably navigate all levels of a complex health care organization.
  • Ability to inspire trust.
  • Ability to understand and maneuver in conversations with clinical providers using appropriate medical terminology, as well as to translate for non-medical participants.
  • Advanced listening skills.
  • Resiliency and ability to self-regulate with shifting time management requirements.
  • Proficient in EPIC and in entering chart notes in the electronic medical record


  • The Bioethicist should be integrated into the interdisciplinary Palliative Care service as appropriate for the location and services offered in the specific ministry served. This may range from ad hoc consultative services to serving as the leader of a department.


Work requires fairly light physical exertion from 34 to 65% of the time.

Ability to lift objects weighing 10 lbs. or less.

Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.

Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

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For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.

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