A National Nursing Ethics Summit was convened by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Berman Institute of Bioethics Aug. 13-15 in Baltimore. Approximately 50 nurse ethicists, professional nursing organization leaders and key stakeholders gathered to provide a blueprint for nursing ethics in the U.S. in the 21st century, according to a news release.
It is so clear that the time is now, Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, an organizer of the summit and Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Berman Institute and Hopkins School of Nursing, said in a news release. This is the first time nurse ethicists and key nursing organizations have come together to focus on the ethical foundations of our profession and the contemporary ethical issues faced by nurses. It was a catalyst for the creation of a roadmap of nursing ethics that aims to reconnect nurses to their ethical values and leverage them to inform a broader dialogue about a flawed healthcare system in need of values-driven, person-centered solutions.
The summits strategic partners included the American Academy of Nursing, American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, International Care Ethics Observatory, National Institute of Nursing Research, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Collaborating partners were the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, National Student Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society and the Hastings Center and Center for Practical Bioethics.
With help from the strategic partners, the group will disseminate findings through multimedia approaches and work to establish a network to champion and implement the steps leading to an improved nursing ethics environment. As part of the summit, a series of videos was produced featuring front-line nurses describing ethical situations and challenges, according to the release.