In the current environment of a global pandemic and social unrest domestically, resilience is needed to face the challenges of daily life. In this Gold Human InSight Webinar fireside chat, Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Cynthia Sweeney of The DAISY Foundation will examine the issues nurses face on the front line of care, as witnesses to a dynamic and often chaotic environment for practice. They will explore how various dimensions of resilience can be resources to meet the challenges of their everyday practice and how will examine how meaningful recognition of extraordinary compassionate care in this environment fuels and leverages resilience. They will discuss the preparedness of the nursing profession and what needs to be done to foster resiliency in our future nurses. These and other points will be examined to provide a way forward for individuals, for the nursing profession, and for healthcare organizations that rely on them to “show up” in a caring environment.
Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics
Berman Institute of Bioethics/School of Nursing
Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University
Cynthia D. Sweeney, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN
Vice President for Nursing
The DAISY Foundation
Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland, School of Nursing
About Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton
Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing, and co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. 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. She was a member of the National Academies of Medicine, Science and Engineering Committee that produced the report: Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-being. She is a member of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics & Human Rights Ethics Advisory Board and American Nurses Foundation Well-Being Initiative Advisory Board. She is the editor and author of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare. Dr. Rushton is a Hastings Center Fellow and Chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
About Dr. Cynthia D. Sweeney
Dr. Cynthia D. Sweeney is the Vice President for Nursing at The DAISY Foundation. The DAISY Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit with a global mission to express gratitude to nurses for the compassionate care they provide. In her role she provides the nursing perspective to all that DAISY does. She works to grow the Foundation’s presence, voice and visibility throughout healthcare and serves as a liaison to the numerous professional organizations that support DAISY’s mission. She guides the building and dissemination of evidence that underscores the impact of The DAISY Award, partnering with researchers who share DAISY’s focus on meaningful recognition. Given her strong interest and experience in nursing education, Dr. Sweeney also works to grow DAISY’s presence in nursing academics, helping ensure that faculty receive the meaningful recognition they deserve. Previously at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), she had oversight for the development and execution of educational products and services that support nursing certification as well as organizational credentialing. The programmatic areas she supported included ANCC Accreditation, Certification, Pathway to Excellence®, and the Magnet Recognition® programs. She spent over 40 years in perioperative clinical services as well as in academic and leadership roles. In addition, she served in the Navy Nurse Corps, retiring with the rank of Captain. Her doctoral work at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing focused on the use of meaningful recognition of compassionate practices in the operating room. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2020 she received the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Research or Evidence-Based Practice Award by the Association of peri-Operative Nurses (AORN). She is an Adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and volunteers on a variety of boards. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and boating on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.