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Cynda Rushton

  • Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, School of Nursing


  • School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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  • English

Rushton is an international leader in nursing ethics and a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

In 2014, she co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit, which produced a Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. Her current work focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice.

She is author and editor of “Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare,” the first book to explore the emerging concept of moral resilience from a variety of perspectives including nursing, bioethics, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. In it she examines solutions to healthcare workforce issues such as ethically-inspired burnout.

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