Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, MSN, RN
Cynda Hylton Rushton is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing, and co-chairs Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. 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. She is the editor and author of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare. Dr. Rushton is a Hastings Center fellow and chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
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Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.
Hughes, V., Cologer, S., Swoboda, S., & Rushton, C. (2021). Strengthening Internal Resources to Promote Resilience Among Prelicensure Nursing Students. Journal of Professional Nursing, 37(4), 777-783.
Antonsdottir, I., Rushton, C. H., Nelson, K. E., Heinze, K. E., Swoboda, S. M., & Hanson, G. C. (2021). Burnout and moral resilience in interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 00.000-000. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15896
Miles, A., Rushton, C., Wise, B., Moore, A., Boss, R. (2021) Pediatric chronic critical illness, prolonged ICU admissions and clinician distress. Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. https://doi.org/ 10.1055/s-0041-1724098.
Braxton, J., Busse, E., Rushton, C. (2021) Mapping the terrain of moral suffering. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 64 (2), 235-245.
Rushton, C. Swoboda, S., Reller, N. Skrupski, K., Prizzi, M., Young, P., Hanson, G. (2021) Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy: Equipping Nurses to Address Ethical Challenges, American Journal of Critical Care. 30(1), e1-e11.
Rushton, C. Turner, K., Brock, R., Braxton, J. (2021) The invisible moral wounds of the pandemic: Are we experiencing moral injury? AACN Advanced Critical Care. 35(1), 119-125.
Heinze KE, Hanson G, Holtz H, Swoboda S, & Rushton CH. (2020). Measuring Healthcare Inter-Professionals’ Moral Resilience: Validation of the Rushton Moral Resilience Scale. Journal of Palliative Medicine. ahead of print http://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2020.0328
Galiatsatos P, Kachalia A, Belcher HME, Hughes MT, Kahn J, Rushton CH Suarez JI, Biddison LD, Golden SH. (In press) Health equity and distributive justice considerations in critical care resource allocation. Lancet Respir Med.
Pandian, V., Morris, L. L., Brodsky, M. B., Lynch, J., Walsh, B., Rushton, C., Phillips, J., Rahman, A., DeRose, T., Lambe, L., Lami, L., Man Wu, S. P., Garza, F. P., Maiani, S., Zavalis, A., Okusanya, K. A., Palmieri, P. A., McGrath, B. A., Pelosi, P., Sole, M. L., Davidson, P., & Brenner, M. J. (2020). Critical Care Guidance for Tracheostomy Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global, Multidisciplinary Approach. Am J Crit Care, e1-e12. https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2020561
Rushton, C., Reller, N., Swoboda, S. (2020) Applying E-PAUSE to Ethical Challenges in a Pandemic. AACN Advanced Critical Care. 31(3) 334-339.
2020 American Journal of Nursing/Elsevier Book of the Year First Place Award in the category of professional issues
2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) Daniel J. Pesut Sprit of Renewal Award
2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
2018 Anna Reynvaan Lectureship, Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam University and the Free University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017 Distinguished Lectureship, Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
2016 Strobe Lectureship, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2015 Claire Bent Usen Memorial Lecture, Mount Auburn Hospital, Boston, MA
2015 Brocher Foundation Residency, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Fellow, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY
2014 Top 100 Women in Maryland, The Daily Record, Baltimore, MD
2014 Center for Health Care Ethics Milestone Aware for Bioethics Leadership, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
2013 Mind and Life Institute Contemplative Studies Fellow
2010 Top 50 Alumni, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, 50th Anniversary, Lexington, KY
2006-2009 Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Leadership Fellowship, Princeton, NJ
2008 Top 100 Women in Maryland, The Daily Record, Baltimore, MD
2007 University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee, Lexington, KY
2007 Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Alumni Association, Excellence in Teaching Award: Graduate Program, Baltimore, MD
2006 Health Care Heroes Award, Nursing, The Daily Record, Baltimore, MD
2001 Pioneering Spirit Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Anaheim, CA
1991 Greater Washington Area Chapter–American Association of Critical Care Nurses/Hewlett Packard Research Award
1990 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
1990 Maternal-Child Nurse of the Year, American Nurses Association, Council on Maternal-Child Nursing, Boston, MA
1990 National Nurse of the Year, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Boston, MA
1990 Outstanding Nursing Alumnus, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
1989-1990 Mary Dance Spence Scholarship, School of Nursing, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
1988 Outstanding Young Woman in America, State Award Recipient for Maryland, Outstanding Americans Program, Montgomery, AL
1986 Employee of the Month, Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children Atlanta, GA
1986-1997 Who's Who in American Nursing, The Society of Nursing Professionals
1983 Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honor Society
1981-1982 Professional Nurse Traineeship Award, U.S. Public Health Service