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Cynda Hylton Rushton, PHD, MSN, RN

Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn how to prevent and heal from moral injury by cultivating moral resilience in the face of adversity and moral distress

  • Explore how mindfulness and somatic intelligence can serve as gateways to wisdom and compassionate action

  • Discover how to release guilt and accept tragedy with compassionate equanimity

About Cynda Hylton Rushton, PHD, MSN, RN

Cynda H. 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, and co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. She focuses on moral suffering in healthcare, cultivating moral resilience and designing ethical practice environments. She was a member of the National Academies report: Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-being. She is the editor and author of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare and is core faculty of Upaya Institute's Being with Dying and GRACE programs bringing contemplative practice to the bedside and beyond. You can find resources for frontline clinicians from Dr. Rushton here.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC, is an emergency nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. In April - May, 2020, she traveled to NY to support a Brooklyn hospital in need during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. On the frontlines, she saw the toll that the virus ravaged on her patients' physiology, her co-workers' mental health, and on the social structures of the city itself. Previously she has worked in emergency, oncology, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work.

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  1. Lily October 6, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    thank you for this invaluable information for health care providers in all facets of practice.

    as a CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, practicing over two decades in California I have seen a major negative shift in the emotional well-being of anesthesia colleagues, MDs and CRNAs alike. As one of your speakers beautifully articulated, to get out of your head you must go to the most distal part of the body, the feet. I think it was Dr. Kotecha:) Thank you so much for that as I have already used this in situations, COVID climate, where my mind was “let’s go intubate now” and within seconds my body guided by my feet was like hold up, think this through, don’t be mindless, but be mindful of yourself and other front-line colleagues. My feet have now become my anchor!

    COVID on top of the stressors to health care providers BC( before coved) the need for mental wellness is critical.
    Also, appreciate the discussion by Dr. Rushton; it hit home at many levels and will purchase the package to share with junior and senior colleagues

    Thank you so much!
    Lily CRNA

  2. Bertha Alonso October 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Excellent conversation. Very enlightening. I would like to have more information about MEPRA. I am a Professor of Bioethics at a University Nursing School in Monterrey, México, trained and a practitioner of Mindfulness. Congratulations to both of you.

  3. Kanwal Preet Kochhar October 3, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Beautiful I wish to collaborate with such a course for our medical and nursing students

  4. Lucia Plata October 2, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Struck and with tears in my eyes to listen to you!! Moved, encouraged and enthusiastic for our purpose in life!! Cant find enough words to thank you!!

  5. Jill Grise October 2, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you so much for another great discussion. I gained so much valuable information.

  6. Gina Rubinsky October 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Thank you so much. Although I am not a nurse, as a psychologist I encounter many of the challenges presented. So very useful.
    Deep bow with appreciation.

  7. Jean Muckian Ph.D., RN October 2, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Prior to the COVID 10 pandemic, I was working on an article–Moral Resilience in Correctional Nursing. I am a Nurse Educator for the Department of Corrections in my state.The pandemic shifted my focus from writing an article to providing education for the nurses who care for incarcerated patients.
    This presentation was very helpful and something I will refer back to in the upcoming months. I think my nurses would benefit from this presentation/
    Thank you.

  8. Kanchi October 2, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Two things struck me: 1. The fact that we are able to feel moral distress when our values are compromised is an indicator that we are normal
    2. Our resilience arises put of our encounter with adversity. These are powerful statements that hold the ring of truth based on my own life experiences. Thank you for a very affirming and inspiring presentation.

  9. Andrew Wordsworth October 2, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Thank you. There is much wisdom here. I shall look forward to working my way through the rest of the presentations.

  10. Shalini October 2, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Thank You both for sharing, could connect and relate to everything, amazing!

  11. Clayton Micallef October 2, 2020 at 12:11 am

    thanks for the wisdom will use some of what you said while teaching mindfulness

  12. CELSO HEBER ALANIS MORENO October 1, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Espectacular !!!

  13. Len Delony October 1, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  14. Mayu Gonzalez October 1, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to listen to Miss Rushton about the best approach to take care of our body/mental health.
    Best wishes to All, finding the common ground to unite the efforts, experience, and wisdom, so needed in each minute of the Nursing Practice.

    • Flavia October 3, 2020 at 6:01 am

      Stunning!! I have learned a lot with you both…congrats for your hard work!

  15. Bruce Grayson October 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Interesting discussion on somatic inputs from the body, those that react to integrity threat assessment earlier than our executive conscious awareness. We often think of only physical threats being mediated by the amygdala. It makes perfect sense that other complex treats or toxic situations are also mediated there.

  16. Kevan Webb October 1, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    This is so powerful for a layman to really grasp what the medical staff have been through or still going through.

  17. BettyJo McCabe October 1, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    That was a gem to watch. Thank you both for your contributions!

  18. Elzbieta October 1, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Not often is talked the topic of this presentation. A lot of wise sentences I have heard here.

  19. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 1, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you,
    This is excellent!

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