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Posted: 6/6/2011

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHSON) faculty member Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

Rushton, who is a member of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, has been a SON faculty member since 1995. She also holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University schools of Nursing and Medicine--Department of Pediatrics--and is Berman Institute of Bioethics core faculty.

"I am honored for this recognition of my scholarship and service to patients, families, students and clinicians," Rushton notes. "We are at a cross roads in healthcare that requires innovative models for examining the difficult ethical questions and methods for achieving compassionate, patient/family centered outcomes while preserving clinician integrity.  I look forward to my continued collaborations with my colleagues at the schools of nursing and medicine, the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Johns Hopkins Childrens Center."

Rushton, an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and palliative care, shares her knowledge through clinical practice, teaching, research, consultation, and scholarship. Her current work centers on the integration of palliative care into the care of children with chronic pediatric diseases, the ethical issues faced by neuromuscular clinicians, and interventions to address moral distress among the inter-professional team. 

Through her practice as Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Ethics Committee and Consultation Service and Program Director of the Hopkins Children's Center's Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program, Rushton focuses on palliative care, moral distress, and caregiver suffering, and conceptual foundations of integrity, respect, trust, and compassion.
 
"Dr. Rushton represents the ideal of an integrated scholar whose scholarship crosses the domains of practice, service, teaching, and research," notes Marie Nolan, PhD, RN, FAAN, chairperson of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. "She is regarded as an inspiring teacher who creates a learning environment of discovery, reflection, and application."