Video: Our Marie Nolan delivers the National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lecture

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After nearly 30 years of research into moral distress there are no clear-cut answers for how to reduce its detrimental impact. In August, 46 nurse leaders convened at Johns Hopkins to address these challenges

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Nurses convened at Johns Hopkins for a two-day symposium organized and led by Cynda Rushton and the American Journal of Nursing

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A Call at Nurses Week

May 12, 2016

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson writes, “In Florence Nightingale’s day, quality, hygienic, patient-centered nursing was in short supply. Patient safety and quality of care have come a long way since then. But the shortage of nurses remains an alarming issue, one that will run through our celebration of National Nurses Week, which ends appropriately on Nightingale’s birthday, May 12”

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Linda Aiken says she’s worried that hospitals think of nurses as a cost to be cut and not as a revenue stream. Cynda Rushton, a professor of nursing and bioethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing, agrees. “There is a mindset among some administrators that nurses are easily replaceable commodities — a nurse is a nurse is a nurse,” she says

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New York lags behind other states in vetting nurses and moving to discipline those who are incompetent or commit crimes. Often, even those disciplined by other states or New York agencies hold clear licenses

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There is an outcry in the United States that we’re facing an urgent nurse deficit that threatens the safety of individual patients and the nation’s health as a whole

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“The kinds of quandaries nurses face are broad and far reaching,” said Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Anne and George L. Bunting professor of Clinical Ethics at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore. “Because of their proximity to patients, they see in an intimate way the consequences of the therapies and often the suffering of their patients.”

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