Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been named a 2014 Hastings Center Fellow for her eminent accomplishments in bioethics. As a fellow, Rushton will help the center accomplish its mission of researching, collaborating and addressing medical and environmental ethical issues, according to a news release.
Rushton was inducted at the Annual Hastings Center Fellows Meeting Oct. 16 in San Diego.
Rushton said the recognition opens doors for new opportunities to collaborate with interprofessional colleagues, to explore the complex ethical questions that face clinicians and to advocate for a culture that supports ethical practice.
Nurses in all roles and settings confront ethical issues every day in their practice, Rushton said in the release. The perspective of nurses is vital to a robust understanding of the ethical landscape and is crucial to the health and well-being of patients and their families.
Rushton recently organized and co-chaired a National Nursing Ethics Summit, a joint endeavor of the School of Nursing and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, which brought together nurse ethicists and key nursing stakeholders to define a blueprint for nursing ethics in the U.S.