Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, MSN, RN
Specialties and Expertise
- Acute/Critical Care
- Leadership/Organizational Culture
- Palliative Care
- Resilience/Stress Coping
- Self Care
- Workplace Health
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 was 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 co-creator of the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA). She serves on the Nursing Advisory Board for Corporate Counseling Associates. Dr. Rushton is a Hastings Center Fellow, Past-Chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council, and Trustee Emeritus and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. The recipient of many awards, she received the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Distinguished Career Award and the Distinguished Researcher award from American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is the editor and author of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare and co-creator of the Rushton Moral Resilience Scale (RMRS).
Learn about the Rushton Moral Resilience Scale.
Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.
Rushton, C. Swoboda, S., Reimer, T, Boyce, D., Hansen, G. (2023) The Mindful Ethical Practice & Resilience Academy (MEPRA): Sustainability of Impact. American Journal of Critical Care. 32(3):184-194. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2023236. PMID: 37121900.
Rushton, C. (2023) Do I still belong? American Nurse Journal. 18(3),48.
⌘Mubarak, E., Kaur, S., Hughes, M., Rushton, C., Ali, J. (2023) Emerging experiences with virtual ethics consultation: Case Studies from the United States and Malaysia. Journal of Clinical Ethics.34(1),51-57.
Bergman, A.,Rushton, C. (2023) Overcoming stigma: Asking for and receiving mental health support. AACN Advanced Critical Care.
*⌘Holtz, H. K., Weissinger, G. M., Swavely, D., Lynn, L., Yoder, A., Cotton, B., Adil, T., Alderfer, M., Romig, B., Neils, K., & Rushton, C. H. (2022). The Long Tail of COVID-19: Implications for the Future of Emergency Nursing. Journal of emergency nursing, S0099-1767(22)00282-3. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2022.10.006.
⌘Klepper, M., Clark, K. D., Bosse, J. D., Kerbyson, M., Roy, E., & Rushton, C. H. (2022). State-level anti-transgender policies in conflict with core principles of nursing: An educator call to action. Nurse education today, 119, 105608. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105608
McGeehan, C., Rushton, C. (2022) Ethical Challenges and Implications of deactivating mechanical circulatory support for patients with Preserved Cognitive Function. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 33(3), pp. 289-296
⌘Veenema, TG., Meyer, D, Rushton,C., Bruns,, R. Watson,M., Schneider-Firestone,, S. Wiseman., R. (2022) The COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Crisis: Implications for National Health Security Health Security, 20(3), .264-269.http://doi.org/10.1089/hs.2022.0022
⌘Rushton, C., Nelson, K. Antonsdottir, I., Hanson, G., Boyce, D. (2022) Perceived organizational effectiveness, moral injury, and moral resilience among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic: Secondary analysis. Nursing Management, 53(7)12-22. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NUMA.0000834524.01865.cc
⌘Swavely. D. Weissinger, G., Holtz. H, Aldi, T. Alderfer, M.,Lynn, L., Rushton, C. (2022) The Impact of Traumatic Stress, Resilience, and Threats to Core Values on Nurses during a Pandemic. Journal of Nursing Administration. 52(10). 525-535. doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000001194
‘Moral Injury’ Will Linger Long After the Pandemic Ends
On Top of Everything Else, the Pandemic Messed With Our Morals
Frontline COVID-19 nurses reflect on pandemic's impact
The impact of the COVID battle on front line workers
Depression, Anxiety, Stress: Nurses Feel the Strain of Covid Surge
For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is 'Paralyzing'
Greek tragedy helps frontline medical workers cope with COVID-19
Theater of War: Using Greek Tragedy to Help Frontline Medical Workers Cope During Covid-19
Nurse forum is a safe place to talk about the pandemic — the good, bad and ugly
Nurses Weigh Principles vs Safety in Virus Fight
Nurses Face Unprecedented Challenges During COVID-19
How ‘moral injury’ is harming some emergency physicians
"Moral injury": doctors are fed up in a health system that prioritizes profit over quality care
Episode 50: Building resilience in the face of moral suffering
Moral Distress in a Crisis: What, Why and How to Cope
Turning Moral Distress Into Moral Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Frontline Nurses Speak Out – A Health Care Crisis That ‘Didn’t Have to Be This Way’
Team Care Connection - Conversations About Moral Distress and Moral Injury
PODCAST: Cynda Rushton talks about the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA) in the Joy in Medicine podcast
2023 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Distinguished Research Lecturer
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