Cynda H. Rushton
PhD, RN, FAAN
Cynda Hylton Rushton, recognized as an international leader in nursing ethics, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. (Dr. Rushton holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.) She co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. A founding member of the Berman Institute, she co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit, convened by the Berman Institute and School of Nursing. The 2014 Summit produced a Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics.
Her current scholarship focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice. In 2016, she co-led a national collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing and co-chaired the American Nurses Association professional issues panel that created A Call to Action: Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice. She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare (Oxford University Press), which aims to transform approaches to moral suffering with innovative methods of cultivating moral resilience and a culture in health care that supports ethical practice.
Dr. Rushton has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on increasing rates of organ donation and was a consultant to its project When Children Die. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine’s Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-being. The recipient of numerous awards, she served the first chair of the Maryland State Council on Quality Care at the End-of-Life and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and The Hastings Center.
Posts by Cynda H. Rushton
- Bioethics Forum Essay
To Restore Humanity in Health Care, Address Clinician BurnoutRead the PostBioethics Forum EssayHealth care in America is at a critical juncture. The number of people who need it continues to grow and costs have skyrocketed. But instead of being a beacon of healing, many health care organizations are beleaguered and overwhelmed. Burnout has become a rallying cry for nurses and doctors because it impedes their ability to uphold the foundational values of their professions and to serve in accordance with them. These realities have eroded the fundamental humanity of health care.Read the Post
Nurses at the Table: Nursing, Ethics, and Health PolicyRead the Post
Hastings Center ReportRead the PostThe Hastings Center Report explores the ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine, health care, public health, and the life sciences. Six issues are published each year, containing an assortment of essays, columns on legal and policy developments, case studies of issues in clinical care and...Read the Post
FellowsRead the PostHastings Center Fellows are an elected group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment, whose work has informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment. Hastings Center Fellows may be academic bioethicist...Read the Post