Ethics Consultant

Job Details


Mount Carmel Health System


Columbus, OH

Expiration Date

Monday, February 26, 2018

Interest Area

Bioethics/Ethics, Communication

Position Type


Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements

Masters Degree

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Position Purpose:

The Ethics Consultant is primarily responsible for planning, developing, providing and/or supervising activities relating to health care ethics in a Catholic health care organization, including the ability to support system ethics committees engaged in critical thinking, creative problem solving and moral discernment. The ethicist provides ethics education and consultation for Mount Carmel medical staff, resident physicians and medical students, associates, the system ethics committee and the Columbus community at-large.


Job Description Details:

  • Participate on the Mount Carmel Ethics Committee, when System Ethicist is unavailable, in order to support their four-fold functions of: policy development/review, education, case consultation, and quality improvement
  • Serve as the lead ethics consultant for Mount Carmel Health System when System Ethicist is unavailable.
  • Facilitate ethical discussions and values clarification with health care professionals, families and patients as needed (in conjunction with other members of the interdisciplinary team)
  • Participate in health care ethics education series at system facilitlies
  • Promote opportunities for interaction with physicians, residents, and other staff by attending morning report, team meetings, and rounding
  • Network collaboratively with other ethics professionals and organizations as needed
  • Maintain professional mastery through continuing education.
  • Offer and receive helpful feedback in a respectful manner for ongoing learning and fostering interpersonal relationships
  • Support the Mission directed activities of Mount Carmel Health System.
  • Participate in and coordinate with organizational process to collect and evaluate information about hazards and safety practices that are used to identify safety management issues.
  • Participate in and foster a performance improvement approach that includes both intradepartmental and interdepartmental activities.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Master's degree or certification in philosophical ethics, ethics/bioethics, or theology with related work in health care ethics required.
  • R.N., M.D., LMSW or other allied health professional with graduate ethics education/certification
  • Experience: 2+ years previous experience in clinical health care ethics, including performance of ethics consultations.
  • Must have knowledge of Catholic health care ethics
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the education of the health care professions through ethics specific educational programs and the development of ethics educational resources
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups (e.g. administrators, clinicians, patients and families, system associates, etc.)
  • Highly effective communication skills, including conflict resolution and values clarification, and ability to work well among an interdisciplinary health care team, particularly physicians, patients and families and nursing staff
  • Ability to work effectively with in-house legal counsel and access state and federal legislative and judicial decisions that impact healthcare decisions