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Clinical Bioethicist - Mission Services Job
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PeaceHealth | Vancouver, WA
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Job Description

Req ID: 146541

PeaceHealth is seeking a Clinical Bioethicist - Mission Services for a full time, exempt position.


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 palliative 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.


  • Responsible for the community and/or network-level 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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).
  • Participates in new caregiver and provider orientation; engages in education regarding the ethics committee(s), ethics consultation service, the ERDs, and facilitates enculturation in PeaceHealth values-based decision making model, and helps coordinate PeaceHealth’s formal discernment processes as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates with the System Vice President of Mission Services and Director of Ethics (or designee) regarding trends, cases, discernments and ongoing ethics needs related to clinical, social and organizational ethics issues.
  • Participates as a member of the System Ethics Committee; attending meetings, participating in sub-committee work, and other functions as appropriate.  Participates in overseeing organizational compliance with accreditation and regulatory standards (DNV, State, other) pertaining to patient rights and responsibilities, especially those pertaining to palliative care and end of life.
  • Facilitates policy development and the review of policies for ethics components/issues. Serves as a system resource for critical projects as assigned.
  • 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.
  • 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 Master’s candidates who have completed coursework and have relevant experience if MA is completed within 1 year of hire).
  • Relevant doctoral degree preferred.


  • Experience in healthcare with demonstrated knowledge of institutional operations and patient care issues.
  • Minimum of two years preferred.
  • Working knowledge and practical experience in clinical ethics required.   
  • Experience in organizational ethics preferred.





  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated teaching and curriculum development skills.
  • Demonstrated 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 translate for non-medical participants.
  • Advanced listening skills.
  • Resiliency and ability to self–regulate with shifting time management requirements.
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office applications.


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).

Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, WA, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 800 physicians and providers, a comprehensive laboratory system, and ten medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues to serve communities when invited to do so with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship – the spirit of health.

We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the Vancouver, WA community please visit our homepage: www.peacehealth.org/careers.

Get a feeling for the Spirit of PeaceHealth through this three-minute video, and visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.

Location: Vancouver, WA, Southwest Medical Center (150)
Job Category:  Spiritual Care
Shift:  Variable
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 1.0
Work Type:  Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $43.02, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: 

PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.

The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Posting Notes: Vancouver, WA || Spiritual Care || Full Time || HUMAN RESOURCES



About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit health care system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, with services in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth's rigorous pursuit of exceptional medicine springs from its mission, values, and commitment to provide healing and compassionate care to patients and families.