Dr. Jayakumar completed a fellowship in transplant hepatology at University of Alberta Hospital and one in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. She did her residencies in both internal medicine and gastroenterology at University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jayakumar earned her medical degree from University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in gastroenterology and internal medicine. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is author of many book chapters as well. She served as the GI consultant to the Calgary Zoo.
An international leader in nursing ethics, in 2014 Dr. Rushton co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit, convened by the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing. The Summit, supported by strategic partners from 9 national nursing organizations and 7 collaborating organizations, developed a Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. The Blueprint highlights recommendations for clinical practice, education, policy and research and has been a catalyst for strategic action coinciding with the American Nurses Association 2015 designation of the “Year of Ethics”. Dr. Rushton’s current scholarship in clinical ethics focuses on moral distress and suffering of clinicians, the development of moral resilience, designing a culture of ethical practice, and conceptual foundations of integrity, respect, trust and compassion.
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