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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Cynda Rushton Receives AACN Award for Distinguished Career


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Professor and Endowed Chair Cynda Rushton, PHD, MSN, RN, FAAN, has been selected to receive the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. The award recognizes Rushton’s exceptional contributions that further AACN’s mission and vision and her career-long work that has enhanced the care of critically ill patients and families.

“To be honored by AACN in Margarite Kinney’s distinguished legacy is both humbling and thrilling,” says Rushton. ”My career has been blessed beyond measure through my longstanding collaboration with AACN and the inspiring and courageous critical care nurses who serve across America every day.”

Rushton is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of bioethics, ethics education, and the moral suffering of clinicians. She is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at JHSON and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

In her most recent work, Rushton is serving as the chief synergy strategist for Maryland’s R3 Resilient Nurses Initiative. The initiatives seeks to renew, retain, and amplify the integrity and resilience of nurses, students, and nursing educators across Maryland, in all specialties and roles, through a culture of ethical practice. In response to the role nurses have played during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rushton is also a leading organizer with the Theater of War Productions in the groundbreaking project called “The Nurse Antigone”—a dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Antigone on Zoom featuring professional actors and a chorus of frontline nurses.

In 2014, Rushton co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit and the production of the “Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics.” She has co-led a national collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing, co-chaired an American Nurses Association panel on ethical practice, and served on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee to develop recommendations for systemic solutions to combating clinician burnout. Rushton is editor and author of the book Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare.

Rushton’s career has been recognized through numerous awards and leadership positions. In 2019, she received the Sigma Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award and was inducted into the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Rushton is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Center for Ethics and Human Rights Ethics Advisory Board and the American Nurses Foundation’s Well-Being Initiative Advisory Board. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Academy of Nursing.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s and DNP programs. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University and No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. The school is a four-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a three-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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