Cynda Hylton Rushton, DNSc, RN, FAAN PhD



Cynda Hylton Rushton, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is program director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care program at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Her clinical and research interests include ethical issues in clinical practice, particularly end-of-life decisions involving children, ethics education and consultation, and the unique ethical issues that arise in the nursing practice.

Rushton is also an associate professor of nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and as associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a faculty member of the Phoebe German Bioethics Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, and a clinical nurse specialist in ethics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky, received a master’s degree in nursing, with a specialization as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, from the Medical University of South Carolina, and received a doctorate in nursing, with a concentration in bioethics, from Catholic University.

A member of many professional organizations, Rushton serves as President and Past-President of the Association for the Care of Children’s Health; is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; and is a co-chair for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2002, she was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to Chair a State Council on Quality Care at the End-of-Life. Rushton was also selected by the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation as a Kornfeld fellow in end-of-life ethics and palliative care.

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