• Ethics Manager

    Requisition ID
    Other Professional Non-Clinical
    Position Type
    Full Time
    US-MO-Saint Louis
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.


    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    The Ethics Manager provides leadership and operational implementation to the Ethics Program through education, consultation, and policy development to physicians, patients, families, and health system leadership and co-workers to facilitate ethical decision-making and the integration of values into all aspects of patient care giving. Acts and advises in accordance with The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, charism and vision.


    Manages ethics services in the Mercy East Communities

    1. Serves as a resource to administration and co-workers regarding ethical issues.
    2. Serves as a consultant to physicians, patients, families, and co-workers on individual cases as they arise.
    3. Serves as a member of the Mercy Institutional Review Board (MIRB-centralized Mercy-wide IRB).
    4. Provides ethics consultation on clinical ethics cases by communication with patients, families and health care providers.
    5. Responds to phone consultations, routinely checks for orders in EPIC, rounds on units, and follows up as needed on previous consultations.
    6. Provides education to Mercy East Community co-workers and physicians using a variety of resources.
    7. Develops and maintains ethics programs within Mercy East Communities.
    8. Serves Mercy’s hospital and clinic facilities within the Mercy East Community with regard to clinical ethics issues.
    9. Maintains contact with appropriate resource persons and organizations. Assembles and maintains a reference library for ethical issues.
    10. Remains current and well-informed on developments in the field of bioethics.
    11. Is visible, on a regular basis, with physicians and co-workers and participates in key meetings to develop and implement programs in ethics or to apply the moral teachings of the Catholic Church to clinical and organization issues.
    12. Assists Vice President for Mission Services to collaborate with and educate departmental leadership to integrate Mercy values in substantive and measurable ways into department decisions, practices and activities.
    13. Initiates and promotes contact with other Roman Catholic healthcare providers (within the Mercy Health System and outside) for networking and collaborating in ethics endeavors.
    14. Performs other work duties as assigned.

    General duties:

    1. Observes Universal Precautions consistently.
    2. Wears proper Personal Protective Equipment when appropriate.
    3. Wears clothing and Health System badge consistent with dress code, and attends to personal hygiene to maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance.
    4. Meets Health System attendance standards.
    5. Participates in other projects and activities as requested by Administration.


    Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:


    • Education: Master’s degree in Ethics.
    • Other Skills and Knowledge:
      • Understanding of ethical issues as they impact the medical field.
      • Academic background and professional healthcare experience to apply ethical reasoning to clinical issues.
      • 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.
      • Organizational skills necessary to efficiently prioritize and complete a variety of tasks and provide leadership.
      • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting in order to maximize communication and provide quality care.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, families and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals.
    • Working Conditions, Mental and Physical Requirements:
      • Must be capable of clear thinking, effective communication and travel as required by the job.
      • Must be able to use/learn to use equipment of ethics office.
    • Experience: 3 years in clinical ethics consultation or healthcare experience preferred.

    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare 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.


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