The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics have jointly established the Anne and George L. Bunting Professorship in Clinical Ethics, a professorship combining bioethics and the nursing profession, according to a news release.
After a nationwide search, Cynda Hylton Rushton, RN, PhD, FAAN, was named the inaugural Bunting professor.
“We are at a critical juncture in healthcare,” Rushton said in the release.
“The ethical issues that impact patients, their families and clinicians must become part of the national dialogue in order to illuminate ethically sound solutions and cultivate environments where integrity is preserved.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have this rare opportunity to engage and explore the ethical foundations of nursing in a new and strategic way.”
According to the release, the professorship is part of the Berman Institutes core faculty and will work collaboratively with faculty and students of both institutions to identify, analyze and attempt to resolve the ethical dilemmas that arise in caring for patients and their families.
“This generous gift from the Bunting family is an exceptional opportunity for Johns Hopkins University to establish a leadership role in nursing and clinical ethics, both nationally and globally,” Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, director of the Berman Institute, said in the release.
“The Berman Institute is absolutely committed to approaching the ethical challenges of clinical practice from an interdisciplinary perspective, and no health professionals are more experienced than nurses in confronting these challenges. The Bunting Professorship is an important addition to our institute, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Rushton, already a valuable member of our faculty, as the inaugural Bunting professor.”
First proposed a decade ago, the professorship represents years of collaboration between George Bunting, Faden and School of Nursing Dean Martha Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN.
“This joint, endowed professorship highlights the increasingly important interprofessional role of nursing and bioethics,” Hill said in the release. “Dr. Rushton brings to the professorship the expert nursing perspective that is essential to todays bioethics scholarship and debate and will be required in shaping tomorrows healthcare policies.”