Ethics in Nursing

Nurses in all roles face ethical challenges. On a daily basis, they balance the wants and needs of patients, families, communities, and health care institutions, while living out the values of compassionate and respectful care for all.

At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, ethics are at the core of our teaching, research, and practice. We celebrate the legacy of Isabel Hampton Robb, first superintendent of nurses at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and principal of the nurse training school, who laid the foundation for all nurses to come as the author of the first U.S. nursing ethics textbook.

Because of Robb’s though-provoking ideas, nurses have a guide for ethically-grounded care, and Hopkins remains a leader in defining the blueprint of nursing ethics in the 21st century.

Nursing Ethics

Ethics—Leading the conversation and establishing strategies to build resilience among nurses facing moral distress in the workplace. A 2016 state-of-the-science symposium, hosted by SON and led by Dr. Cynda Rushton, resulted in recommendations for practice, education, research, and policy.

View Videos in the Isabel Hampton Robb Nursing Ethics Series.

Nursing Ethics Blogs


Contact information

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics
[email protected]