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The Director - Ethics provides leadership to clinical ethics services through consultation, education, and policy development. This position serves the hospital and clinic by working collaboratively with physicians, patients, families, co-workers, and health ministry leaders to facilitate ethical decision-making consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and the integration of Mercy Values.
The Director supports the integration of the mission of the Mercy Health Ministry by their participation and leadership of mission and formation activities.
The Director-Ethics performs related duties as assigned in a manner consistent with the Mercy mission, values, and charism.
This position reports to both the local Vice President-Mission and the Mercy Senior Vice President-Mission & Ethics.
Responsibilities and Qualifications:
Regularly rounds on the hospital floors and participates in key meetings to assess for and respond to clinical ethics issues.
Selects, trains, mentors, and provides ongoing oversight and support to specific co-workers designated to assist with clinical ethics.
Provides clinical ethics consultations in person and through technology in the hospital and clinics.
Provides clinical ethics education to physicians and staff.
Serves as a resource and utilizes innovative ways to provide clinical ethics consultations and education to Mercy providers and co-workers, physicians, patients, and families in the hospitals and clinics. Uses technology to efficiently provide services. Such technology may include tel-consults, telephone, video-conference, and webinars.
Provides education on, and assists in the application of, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Assists the Vice President-Mission with departmental leader education and with strategies to help integrate Mercy values in substantive and measurable ways in departmental decisions, practices, and activities.
Assists the Vice President-Mission in maintaining positive and effective relations with local clergy and the Catholic Bishop of the Little Rock Diocese in which Mercy services are provided.
Collaborates closely with the clinical ethics leaders throughout Mercy.
Assembles and maintains a reference library for clinical ethics issues and remains current and well-informed on developments in the field of clinical ethics.
Observes Universal Precautions consistently. Wears proper Personal Protective Equipment when appropriate. Wears clothing and Health System badge consistent with dress code and attends to personal hygiene to maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance. Meets Health Ministry attendance standards. Participates in other projects and activities as requested.
We’re all unique pieces of a puzzle at Mercy, connected together to create a beautiful picture of health. And being the perfect fit for your role requires a specific set of qualifications that you’ll bring with you:
- Education: Masters degree in Ethics, Theology or a related academic training acceptable.
- Experience: Clinical health care ethics and practice.
- Other skills & knowledge: Understanding of clinical issue.
- Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people with collaboration and presentation skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Technology acumen for virtual consultations and education.
- Must demonstrate initiative, good judgment, and leadership ability.
- Willingness and ability to represent and apply the moral teachings of the Catholic Church to clinical issues.
- Must be capable of clear thinking, communicating effectively and of travel as required by the job.
- Must be able to use/learn to use the comprehensive electronic medical record.
- Preferred Education: Ph.D. in moral theology or moral philosophy with a specialization in health care ethics
- Preferred Experience: Five years in clinical ethics consultation or health-care experience.
We’ll Support You at Work and Home
Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. ModernHealthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.
What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.