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Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Oakland, CA, United States

Chris Argate

The Ethicist is a member of the Regional Ethics Department’s integrated ethics team.  As such, the ethicist will provide support for high quality clinical ethics case consultation throughout the region, engage in preventive ethics through ethics-related policy and program review, development and dissemination, and collaborate with many of NCAL’s existing departments and programs to foster an environment grounded in integrity, transparency, accountability, fairness, respect and trust.  The Ethicist will serve as an expert resource in a particular area of health care ethics, such as organization ethics, dispute resolution, communication ethics or patient and family-centered care, and will enhance the Department’s existing strengths in clinical ethics education, consultation methods, and organizational health care ethics policy development.

Essential Functions:

• Under the leadership of the Director of the Regional Ethics Department, collaborates with colleagues to enhance the organization’s understanding of the role and importance of ethics in the delivery of high-quality health care and promote ethical practices at all levels.• Contributes to ethics educational efforts, including on-site formal and informal presentations, regional and local guided discussions, conference planning, and the preparation of presentations, written materials, training tools and webinars.• Helps develop other innovative approaches to distance learning, including website and on-line strategies (i.e. secure on-line discussions, videos, etc.) to enhance and/or supplement more conventional or traditional learning styles/opportunities.• Regularly engages in efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of facility procedures utilized to resolve ethical conflicts and makes recommendations aimed at quality improvement, as needed.• Approaches all ethical issues from a member and family-centered perspective and understands how to incorporate cultural and linguistic responsiveness into all departmental activities.• Promotes open and honest communication and models tactful and effective communication.• Facilitates consensus among stakeholders on complex ethical issues and related organizational policies.• Identifies ethics policy gaps and works toward increasing ethics policy alignment region-wide.• Provides resources and support to Medical Center personnel and Ethics Committees on local ethical issues.• Analyzes consultation methods and approaches and provides recommendations for improvement strategies, where they would be beneficial.• Reviews and develops policies as they relate to patient rights and ethics and assures compliance with accreditation and agency standards pertaining to clinical ethics and patient rights.• Represents the Regional Ethics Department on committees and at regional and national conferences.• Will be required to travel to facilities within NCAL as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

• A minimum of five (5) years experience providing ethics case consultation, either as a member of a hospital ethics committee, as a member of an ethics consultation team, or as an individual ethics consultant, or an equivalent length of time engaged in health care dispute resolution and dialogue facilitation.• A minimum of three (3) years experience developing formal and informal ethics education curricula and providing ethics education to an interdisciplinary, professional audience, or an equivalent length of time providing dispute resolution training in a health care setting.• Master’s degree in health care or clinical ethics, along with a second academic or professional degree in a relevant field, such as law, public policy, nursing, social work, chaplaincy.• In depth knowledge of ethical principles and their theoretical basis, moral concepts, and methods of ethics case consultation and dialogue facilitation.• Highly developed ability to analyze, evaluate and provide direction and guidance on critical and complex ethical issues (clinical, organizational and policy-based).• Ability to analyze practical problems, apply an appropriate resolution method consistently and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary advisory team Strong interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills, as well as highly developed active listening abilities.• Five (5) years of professional experience working in an integrated, health care ethics system preferred.• Earned doctorate in philosophy, theology, law or other relevant field, with a specialization in health care or clinical ethics and expertise in a particular area of health care ethics, such as organizational or communication ethics, dispute resolution, or patient and family-centered care preferred.• Expertise in organizational ethics, conflict resolution, communication ethics, patient and family-centered care, or innovative methods of clinical ethics education delivery preferred.• Demonstrated success in the utilization of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods aimed at improving ethics quality across the continuum of care and throughout organizational policies, procedures and practices preferred.• Demonstrated success in building consensus on complex ethical issues and related organizational policies preferred.• Ability to represent the ethics department locally, regionally and nationally preferred.

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