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Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Nurse – Health Care Ethicist
DEADLINE: Friday, February 19th, 2021
LOCATION: National Center for Ethics in Health Care, US Dept of Veterans Affairs
virtual position, virtual position
CONTACT: Toby Schonfeld
TELEPHONE: 202-340-4112

Major Duties Include:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in the field of healthcare ethics, providing effective leadership for improving the quality of ethics standards and practices throughout VHA.
  • Apply a broad knowledge of nursing practice, healthcare ethics, policy, health services management, project management, quality improvement, and analytic skills to complex organizational ethics problems.
  • Conduct healthcare ethics consultation independently or in collaboration with others; document consultation in accordance with NCEHC standards.
  • Develop, promote, interpret, and implement healthcare ethics policy.
  • Design and implement healthcare ethics education materials and sessions to meet the needs of VHA staff.
  • Write clear, concise and complete responses to ethics questions following established NCEHC guidelines and practices.
  • Provide accurate technical guidance on healthcare ethics questions to VA staff.


  • Basic Requirements:
    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.
    • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
    • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory of Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or the District of Columbia.
    • English Language Proficiency: RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

  • Nurse IV- Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advance certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience.


Preferred Experience: Advanced graduate training related to ethics methods (e.g., ethics consultation and/or ethics policy development/implementation) is strongly preferred. The Health Care Ethicist’s record must demonstrate evidence of complex and effective leadership, highly developed analytic and communication skills, and program management experience. The incumbent’s publications, presentations, and projects address issues that are relevant to nursing or related fields such as quality improvement or healthcare ethics

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