Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton, an international leader in bioethics and nursing, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing, and 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 that produced a Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. 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 was a member of the National Academies of Medicine, Science and Engineering Committee that produced the report: Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-being. She is a member of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics & Human Rights Ethics Advisory Board and American Nurses Foundation Well-Being Initiative Advisory Board.  Dr. Rushton is the chief synergy strategist for Maryland’s R3 Resilient Nurses Initiative, a statewide initiative to build resilience and ethical practice in nursing students and novice nurses.  She is a Hastings Center Fellow, Chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is the editor and author of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare.



Moral Resilience:  Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare

Rushton Moral Resilience Scale:



American Journal of Nursing/Elsevier Book of the Year First Place Award in the category of professional issues.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) Daniel J. Pesut Sprit of Renewal Award

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Top 100 Women in Maryland, The Daily Record, Baltimore, MD



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