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Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice in Healthcare

SPONSORED BY the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and CO-Hosted by the Berman Institute of Bioethics

Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice in Healthcare is an innovative leadership program to help generate a new paradigm of equity, integrity and sustainability.  It is a unique, results-oriented learning-in-action program that grounds us in our existing expertise and guides us to design for system-level change. It calls upon healthcare leaders, whether establish or budding, to engage in their own personal transformative process, and to learn the templates and tools to create a cultural transformation. This workshop series provides the necessary tools to transform the healthcare culture to reflect embodied, fully integrated ethical practice throughout your organization.

Purpose of the Program

The program will introduce transformational capacities that enable participants to lead sustainable change, strategically shift current systems and structures and to deliver tangible and measurable results toward a culture of ethical practice in health care organizations and systems.

The program consists of a series of three workshops, spaced apart by around 2 months each. Participants’ Breakthrough Initiatives are the laboratory for applying learning from the workshops and offer an opportunity for us to produce near-term results with long-term impact.


  • Highly interactive, experiential learning by all participants

  • Space for mindful cross-cultural conversations and mutual learning

  • Immediate results through mindfulness and personal practice while setting the foundation for the future

  • Immediate results in breakthrough projects by applying what is learned in workshops to everyday practice


Dec. 14-16, 2018
Feb. 8-10, 2019
April 5-7, 2019

Early Bird Reg. deadline August 15, 2018

Registration Fee: $5,250 pp
Group 5+ Registration Fee: $4,850 pp

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Mt. Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

For questions regarding content:

Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN
Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics; Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics
[email protected]

For questions regarding registration:
Executive Education
[email protected]

Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice in Healthcare Objectives:

  • Source participants’ creativity and power for solving problems and shifting culture.

  • Utilize our existing capacities to maximize our potential for equitable and sustained change.

  • Learn practices to ground our work in a shared vision of integrity, dignity and fairness.

  • Stimulate pattern thinking when identifying systems leverage and strategic drivers to transform unworkable systems and norms while solving problems.

  • Transform existing systems and build alternative architectures for sustainable change and human well-being.

  • Design operational strategies to scale ideas for immediate results as well as long term and large-scale sustainable impact.

  • Create transdisciplinary strategies for action and results dedicated to synergetic solutions.

  • Forge results-oriented, aligned complementary partnerships across disciplines, systems and issues.

Health care organizations are exploring ways to address the deepening crisis of burnout, shortages of clinicians, and decreased work engagement. Moral suffering, particularly moral distress, has been identified as a prominent factor in burnout. Simultaneously, institutional pressures for documentation, system inequalities, and undue external pressures including regulations and legal risks, deepen the constraints on clinician integrity and undermine quality, safe healthcare. Our damaged cultures show up in our narrative as continuous distractionalways putting the fire out, focusing on what’s not working, realizing that disrupters of team work are turf oriented, and thinking solutions lie in more training programs.

Until Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice in Healthcare (TCEP), most of our initiatives have been neglecting the deeper dimensions of the problem, focusing on surface level interventions to solve complex challenges, and arriving at partial, unsustainable solutions. TCEP implements a design methodology that solves problems, supports integrity, shifts patterns that undermine moral resilience and ethical practice, and sources the innate inner potential of the health care team and organization to produce meaningful and sustainable results that benefit all.

With our non-prescriptive guidance, you and your interdisciplinary team (see suggested members below) will co-design responses to your unique conditions that help you innovate, generate breakthroughs and initiate specific changes toward a profound shift in culture, germane to your organization, enabling sustained integrity in the midst of moral adversity and system pressures. Together we will challenge each other to delve deeply into who we are as human beings, creating entryways through which breakthrough ideas can emerge to inspire commitment to action and results.

Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice in Healthcare is an inter-related series of three, three-day workshops that offers the opportunity to explore solutions that can transform daily work, strategic initiatives, and the organization as a whole by focusing on individual moral resilience and a culture of ethical practice that result in systemic and sustained change. In a lab-like, creative space, all sessions in all three workshops actively engage all participants.

Based on our experience, design teams should include people who may not be the “usual suspects.” Depending on the focus of your Breakthrough Initiative, you may want to consider people who bring a missing dimension to your thinking and whose engagement will be necessary for sustainable results.  Be prepared to work alongside others from a variety of disciplines and cultures to build common language and practices in culturally diverse settings so your work is synergistic and results oriented.

We suggest the following criteria to select your design team to participate in this program:

  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver results

  • Values inner space – spiritual or otherwise

  • Burns for actualized justice, compassion and integrity

  • Has the capacity to renew self and re-learn; is open to new ways of thinking and being

  • Fosters leadership in others; able to check their ego at the door

A minimum of five people from each organization is recommended to attend together, however, we will entertain applications with less than five participants on a case-by-case basis. We advise you come with an interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Clinical practice

  • Health care executives

  • Communications director

  • Front line practitioners

  • Philanthropist

  • Established or emerging health care leaders

  • Influential community leaders

Participation requirements:

All participants must commit to participating in all days of each workshop and in all the three workshops. (E.g. you may not skip any part as each session, day and workshop are inter-linked, serving as building blocks for the next iteration of tools, strategies, and exerices).

Participants must commit to practicing the tools and skills between workshops and to work with their peers and facilitator during the intersession.


  • Workshop 1: December 14-16, 2018

  • Workshop 2: February 8-10, 2019

  • Workshop 3: April 5-7, 2019

Times for all sessions:

  • Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Travel arrangements should be made to assure that you are able to attend the entire program.


  • Following each workshop there will be small-group facilitated and self-organizing intersession conference calls during which participants will share their learning and growth based on putting the practical skills and tools learned in the workshops into daily practice.


Mt. Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Reserve hotel room and accommodations for the workshop by September 15

Host Hotel: Mt. Washington Conference Center  For reservations: (410) 735-7964

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys (5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21210) For reservations: (410) 532-6900


BWI Airport is approximately 18 miles from Mt. Washington Conference Center

Baltimore Penn Station is approximately 12 miles from Mt Washington Conference Center

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Individual cost


Group purchase cost (discounted?) 5 or more                            



JHH and JHHS Employees receive the discounted price of $4,850 per person

o To receive this rate, you will need to enter the discount code GRPTCEP19 upon checkout.

If you would like to use tuition reimbursement, please coordinate with your supervisor and department directly to be reimbursed for the cost of the training.

JHU Faculty and Staff

If you are a Johns Hopkins University full time Faculty or Staff member, you can use JHU Tuition Remission to pay for TACEP Workshop. JHU processes university tuition remission and internal transfers. Download the tuition remission form at http://benefits.jhu.edu/documents/trffacandstaff.pdf. Email the completed form to [email protected]

? No course number needed for the tuition remission form

? Course type: Non-Credit- Professional Development

? Course offered: Nursing- Non-Credit- Professional Development

o The form cannot be processed without the appropriate departmental budget number listed (above supervisor’s signature). 

Remember, since the workshop is a continuing education program, it DOES NOT use up any of your academic tuition remission yearly allowance, and it DOES NOT come out of your department’s budget (as long as you attend the registered program).

The registration fee is payable via the following methods:

? Major Credit Card: Submit credit card information online in your account by using your login and password.

? JHU Internal Transfer: Complete internal transfer form and email to [email protected]

? Check: Make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and please reference your name and “TACEP.”

Mail to:

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Attn: Monique C. Daniels

Executive Education

525 N. Wolfe Street, Room 331

Baltimore, MD 21205

Registration cancellations received prior to August 15, 2018 are eligible to receive a refund less a $150 service fee. Cancellations received August 15 – October 1, 2018 are eligible to receive a 75% refund. Cancellations received October 2 – November 12, 2018 are eligible to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after November 12 will not be eligible for a refund.

 All refund requests must be requested in writing by the registrant or credit card holder.  Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. If payment was submitted by check, a check will be requested and processed for the refund.  No exceptions.
A registration substitution can be arranged at any time without penalty.

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Monica Sharma

Monica Sharma

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