Preserving Integrity in Turbulent Times

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April 29 - May 13
Recorded Lectures +Live Discussions
3 weeks 

Watch Session 1

Watch Session 2

Watch Session 3

Lectures will be shared in advance.
Live Discussions will be held Wednesdays from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM EDT.

Moral adversity is arising in all areas of our lives. Many people are struggling to understand the moral trade-offs that accompany decisions about how to preserve the health of more people at the expense of others; others are concerned about how decision making about health is changing in response to the scarcity of healthcare resources; others are struggling with social inequities, racism or disrespect of individuals or groups; and still others are concerned about the social norms of communication among friends, families, colleagues, and community. The sources of moral adversity are diverse and wide-ranging. Responses range from mild discomfort associated with lapses in social distancing to moral distress because a core value has been threatened to full-blown moral outrage. How do we preserve our integrity in the midst of these challenges? How do we cultivate our moral resilience to respond to moral adversity without compromising our integrity?

Join Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN Professor of Nursing & Pediatrics with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics & School of Nursing as she guides you through this 3-part series which includes facilitated discussion, reflective practices, and offer practical strategies for responding to moral adversity by cultivating moral resilience.

Each session will include a pre-recorded segment followed by a one-hour discussion facilitated by Dr. Rushton.  Participants are asked to create space while viewing the pre-recorded session for reflection and journaling.

Session 1Wednesday, April 29, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM EDT

Part 1 (4/29) will explore the sources of moral adversity in our lives and examine how moral distress shows up in our lives.

Session 2Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM EDT

Part 2 (5/6) will explore the concept of moral resilience and the central features of personal and relational integrity

Session 3Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM EDT

Part 3 (5/13) will explore practical strategies for cultivating moral resilience.

ABOUT Cynda Hylton Rushton
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics

Cynda Hylton Rushton, recognized as an international leader in nursing ethics, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. (Dr. Rushton holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.) Dr. Rushton co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. A founding member of the Berman Institute, she co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit, convened by the Berman Institute and School of Nursing. The 2014 Summit produced a Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. Her current scholarship focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice. In 2016, she co-led a national collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing and co-chaired the American Nurses Association professional issues panel that created A Call to Action: Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice. Dr. Rushton is the recipient of three fellowships: a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship (2006-2009), a Kornfeld Fellowship in end-of-life, ethics, and palliative care (2000), and a Mind and Life Institute Fellowship in Contemplative Science (2013-2014). Dr. Rushton is evaluating outcomes of the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA), which her team designed and implemented to build moral resilience in practicing nurses. She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare (Oxford University Press), that aims to transform approaches to moral suffering with innovative methods of cultivating moral resilience and a culture in health care that supports ethical practice. Dr. Rushton has served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on increasing rates of organ donation and was a consultant to its project When Children Die. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine’s Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Wellbeing.  The recipient of numerous awards, she served the first chair of the Maryland State Council on Quality Care at the End-of-Life and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Hastings Center.

 Event Date
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Start Time: 5:30pm EDT
End Time: 6:30pm EDT


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Baltimore, MD 21218

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