Collaborating Partners


Ethics is a critical part of everyday nursing practice. Nurses in all roles and settings must have the knowledge, skills and tools to uphold their professional values. We pledge to work together to support and safeguard the professional values of nurses – and all health care professionals – and to strengthen a culture where they are able to practice ethically.

These individuals and organizations have pledged their commitment to making the vision a reality:


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Association for Nursing Professional Development
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Christiana Care Health System
Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
Hudson Valley Nursing Collaborative to Advance Research & EBP
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Larkin Community Hospital
Maryland Nurses Association, District 3
National Association of Catholic Nurses
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National League for Nursing
National Student Nurses’ Association
Northland Hospice
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Sojourn Communications
The Center for Practical Bioethics
The Truth About Nursing


To advance the vision, I will…
Amy Haddad Examine best practices in inter-professional resolution of ethical problems in clinical practice with a focus on the tools needed for all members of the team, including nurses, to communicate with each other.
Anne Ward I commit to support the efforts of this collaboration by maintaining and promoting nursing professionalism. I will continue to lead by example, and assist staff in identifying and managing issues as they present themselves. I will support an ethical workforce to promote safe, quality patient care, delivered by a highly motivated, high-functioning staff.
Anita Tarzian Review reports, collaborate with peers to develop standards for teaching ethics both interprofessionally and integrated into nursing school curricula, contribute to website according to defined priorities, help publicize the Summit’s goals and initiatives, serve as media contact.
Aubrin Miale Practicing with the client’s welfare and wishes in mind and being a client advocate.
Ashley Kemper In order to advance this vision I will be the best nursing student I can be. In doing so, I will always give my 100% in all aspects discussed. Every aspect of my nursing student career and beyond nursing school will be display compliance by adhering to all codes of ethics.
Ashley Wiese As a nurse I will follow my responsibilities to my patients and fellow team members to promote an ethically appropriate workplace.
Barbara Daly Disseminate results of the summit.
Barbara A. Fero Continue to teach ethics courses to nurses at every opportunity and include ethics principles in course materials for Health care Politics and Policy course that I teach.
Beth Fahlberg Share this with nursing students and practicing nurses.
Brian Wise Address the intentionality with which nurses on my unit are trained, both during the orientation process and through continuing education, to identify, process, and respond to the complex ethical situations we encounter on a regular basis. 
Carol Taylor Do everything I can to support efforts to clarify the vision of what a robust culture that supports ethical practice “looks like” and to develop and execute strategies to create and sustain such ethical cultures.
Carole McCue Respect all aspects of ethics and the ANA code of ethics.
Carolyn Harris I teach interdisciplinary health care ethics and nursing leadership. I will continue to infuse current and relevant information, studies, and research in these courses to keep students abreast of ethical challenges and dilemmas and proposed ways to address them.
Catherine Nelms In my role as an educator I will continue to make value/ethics a focus for students in practice.
Catherine Miller Share the blueprint with my co-workers and incorporate into the curriculum for critical care at our facility.
Cathy Farraher Every day, in every way, nurses need to maintain high ethical standards, both professionally and even more imortantly, as it impacts patient care. I support the right of the Navy nurse to refuse to force feed detainees, and I am saddened to think that anyone would ever disagree with that. Nursing is supposed to help, not harm, regardless of the patient.
Cheri Coakley Keep myself up to date on the issues and actions in the nursing ethics realm, and promote values and ethics in the classroom.
Chia-Chun Tang As a clinical nurse scientist, I will focus on achieving the goal of advancing the state of science in the focal area of nursing ethics, especially ethics related to nursing education.
Christine Mitchell Share information about the Blueprint, vision and plans as I work with nurses and others in clinical bioethics and public policy. 
Colleen Scanlon I will seek opportunities to promote the Blueprint and continue to pursue policy efforts that create ethical health environments for health care professionals and those they serve.
Connie Ulrich Continue to voice my concerns through my writings and other venues as well as my leadership in nursing ethics.
Cynda H. Rushton Disseminate the report; invite other nursing and health care organizations and individuals to support the vision; and support the ongoing development of the Summit website.
Dea Mahanes Work with nursing leaders to increase overall nursing knowledge of my hospital’s ethics resources, and comfort level with accessing those resources. Possible interventions include rounds on targeted units, and further development of a 1 page resource guide.
Debbie Hatmaker In my position at ANA, I will use our extensive communication channels and 2015 Ethics Symposium to advance the vision.
Deborah Siebken Become a strong role model and advocate for nurses to practice ethically, professionally and responsibly.
Denise Buonocore Disseminate this pledge.
Diana Newman Review and apply ethical principles in all areas of my personal and professional life; include ethical behaviors in thought and action whether convenient or inconvenient; do not become intimidated by the “values police” who try to diminish the voices of faith and reason; and instruct those ignorant of ethical behaviors.
Diana Ruzicka Daily rosary – Prayer for success.
Douglas Olsen Continue to bring awareness of everyday ethics in nursing practice and its connection to policy in writing, presenting and teaching.
Edward Vetrecin I will constantly strive to stand up for the rights of patients.
Elizabeth Crum I am committed to upholding patient rights within my own practice and encouraging other health care professionals and ancillary staff to do the same. I am a community member of the Medical Bioethics Committee at a hospital where I used to work and am actively engaged in promoting ethical practice in my current work setting through active participation in meetings and high level discussions. I also actively promote ethical decision- making by family members when the patient is incapacitated by providing education and the facts they need to appropriately come to decisions on their loved ones behalf.
Ellen King I will use my position as a nursing professor to help the new nurses entering the workforce to be a part of the solution, and not a part of the problem.
Emma Gilham I am on the Ethics team and will ensure that I attend all meetings this year. I will continue to support nurses and the profession of nursing and creating a culture which strives to perform and provide the best and safest care possible to every patient every day. Most importantly, maintaining a culture where nurses are able to practice ethically.
Erika Waynik To become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Eugene Vallely Insure the Ethical Treatment of patients under my care; speak up when a patient is not being treated according to nursing standards; not accept unprofessional behaviour from nursing or medical staff; patient advocate, especially when the patient is unable to make decisions regarding ongoing care;
promote ethical treatment of all patients especially vulnerable populations; and provide excellence in the nursing care given.
Gina Bohn Create/promote a caring professional practice environment for both patients and nurses; speak up when unethical situations arise.
Genevieve Paule Speak my mind professionally and advocate for what I feel and believe is ethically right and appropriate for my patients’ well-being with their best interest in mind.
Gloria Ramsey Publicize the Summit’s goals and initiatives through publication and presentations at national interprofessional meetings; collaborate with peers to develop standards for teaching ethics (and health policy) to DNP and PHD students; serve as resource for nurses experiencing moral distress while caring for racially and ethnically diverse populations who are representative of health disparities they see in clinical practice.
Gretchen Franke To continue to be updated on best practices in the field of substance abuse treatment and maintain continuing education credits through out the year of 2015.
Heather Reinig Disseminate this pledge to fellow students and strive to be knowledgeable about ethical practices and perform ethically as a student as well as the nurse I intend to be.
Bro. Ignatius Perkins To promote and defend human dignity, freedom and human flourishing among all people regardless of age, color, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, culture, life-style, reason for illness or wherever they call home.
Janet Blanchard I commit to bring the ethical nursing component to neonatal care in MN.
Janet Thurston Participate in the Montana Education Action Coalition activities to advance improved healthcare, with activities related to promoting Native American nurse workforce development and to nationwide promote Advanced Nurse Practitioner practice through Scope of Practice licenses that align with education, consistently state to state, removing barriers.
Jeanie Sauerland Continue to work toward greater awareness of ethic issues within the organization and seek ways to proactively address these
Jeannette M. Cassalia
Jessica M. Boyle I will be a nurse first, willing to stand up for my patients, and relentlessly striving to improve autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, veracity, and fidelity.
Jiji Andrews Increase awareness among nurses about ethics and the policies among nurses.
Joan Kub Promote the vision while teaching core nursing courses and incorporate ethics material into my classes.
Joan Liaschenko Continue to teach ethics to both nursing and bioethics students as well as continue to do clinical ethics consultation work. Through this work and through my writings, I will continue to raise concerns about the moral significance of care work to flourishing in this world.
Judy I. Murphy Pray daily. Speak out against the culture of death. Do what is right
Julie Conner Communicate the presence of the new Nursing Ethics document; ensure that my practice is in line with the the Standards; reference the document when situation requires it.
Karen Ellen Fink I commit to continue to uphold and teach the Code of Ethics in Ohio and the ANA Code of Ethics to my students.
Karen Stutzer I will assure that I incorporate the principles of the blueprint in my practice. I will assure that I spread awareness among the faculty and the students that I work with.
Katherine Brown-Saltzman As the Co-chair of NNEC, utilizing the National Nursing Ethics Conference to continue to educate and mentor clinical nurses in ethics and increase awareness of the Nursing Summit.
Katherine Clark As a student, I will live the values inherent in practicing ethically including staying current on education in best practices and advances in bioethics as well as promoting the comprehension of ethical behavior and vision among my peers and faculty. As a faculty liaison for my student organization, I will use my responsibilities in order to promote ethics within my department and program so that a legacy of ethics and moral courage may be established for future cohorts.
Kathleen Shelton I commit to promote and practice the professional values of nursing.
Kathleen Gregg I pledge to uphold and promote the Code of Ethics, and share knowledge, ideas and means with fellow nurses and other health care professionals. I pledge to be an advocate for patients and nurses in our practice.
Kathy Altergott I will practice ethically and provide education on ethics to our nurses and staff.
Laura Baumgardner As a health system compliance professional and a nurse, I am often faced with challenging issues, especially relative to financial loss or recovery – versus patient choices, patient safety and end-of-life issues. I am called upon to provide balance and perspective as a clinician in an environment frequently at odds with nursing and patient needs. It is a challenge. I will continue to be a “voice” with ethical concerns in my workplace and to support clinical staff and patients, hopefully as a voice of reason tempered with ethical compassion.
Laurie Badzek Continue to work through my leadership role to increase nursing and other health provider knowledge and application of ethics in the healthcare practice setting.
Linda Knodel Support the position statement.
Lucia Wocial
Lucy Marion Encourage my College to commit as institution and my Academic Health System to commit as an institution; advocate with College Administrative Team to include ethics teaching competency development in the 2016 strategic plan; and lead discussions among members of regional Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Nursing Workforce Taskforce (education and practice leaders): transition from education to professional practice to ensure ethical practices.
Lynn Erdman In my position at AWHONN, I pledge to help raise awareness of ethical challenges in nursing and to promote enhanced communication and action around the ethical issues in healthcare.
Lynn Hollister I commit to include advances in the area of nursing ethics in my teaching of B.S. students.
Maeve Howett Commit to this vision personally and professionally, teach this vision to my students by role modeling ethical behavior and share this vision with patients, colleagues, and team members.
Margaret Barton-Burke In my role as both faculty member and president of the Oncology Nursing Society, I will continue to ask the question about Ethics in Nursing.
Margaret Moore I daily commit to: Daily monitoring of myself in my delivery of care, to be mindful, to insure that my care demonstrates the standards of my nursing philosophy, and my professional nursing standards; Addressing and speaking up of inequities in the health care systems, maintaining a safe culture benefiting the patient, family and community; Reflecting the inherent dignity, respect of each individual, maintaining a healthy work environment, supporting all healthcare professionals; Completing a check list on myself, daily caring for myself.
Maribel M. Bhojani I uphold the standards of nursing practice and as such I am committed to practice in the best of my abilities making sure that I perform my responsibilities as a professional Registered Nurse ethically and holistically, and continue to safeguard our professional values. I believe in my profession and comprehensive quality ethical patient care. Education of both patients and staff is pivotal in my nursing role.
I pledge to support and safeguard our professional values and all healthcare professionals and to strengthen a culture where we are able to practice ethically!
Marilyn Shirk I will continue to share information with my colleagues about the Nursing Ethics Summit, the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses revision, and policies that support their advocacy for patients, families and selves.
Marion Broome Write an editorial based on the work of the summit.
Marsha Fowler Teach ethics and advance the general awareness and utilization of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
Martha Donagrandi Encourage fellow nurses to become familiar with the Code of Ethics and to use the Code as a basis for nursing practice.
Martha Turner Disseminate the 2015 Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements for Nurses.
Mary-Chris Lee I will do my best to instill ethical behavior and practice into the education of my students. I will try to ensure that ethical behavior is learned and then carried forward into practice.
Mary K. Walton Continue to support, educate and mentor clinical nurses at the bedside who experience the moral burden of proximity to suffering; continue to provide clinical ethics consultation services that address the everyday ethical issues that patients, families and clinicians navigate in the acute care environment; and engage the inter-professional team in recognizing the person not only the patient in the clinical encounter.
Melissa Kurtz
Miriam A. Volpin Bring the ethical perspective to my teaching, interactions with students, colleagues and other professionals.
Nancy Deyhle I am attending an ANA webinar today talking about Ethics. I will continue to strive for the ethical options in my work as a critical care nurse.
Nancy T. Goodman To increase the content of ethical principles and ethical situations in the courses I teach. Also to facilitate the students understanding of potential ethical issues encountered in practice.
Nancy Reller As president of Sojourn Communications, I will find synergies with our other clients and networks for areas of collaboration, raise awareness for the need to create ethical environments in health care and pursue opportunities to relieve the moral distress experienced by health care professionals, particularly nurses.
Perihan Warren Ethics is the most important aspect we as nurses practice, as well as being a patient advocate. I will continue to practice nursing as if I were caring for my own family members.
Paige Johnson Move for implementation of ethics education for all advanced practice nurses.
Patricia Davidson Live according to these values and inspire and motivate others to do the same.
Patricia Grimes I commit to keeping an open mind and soul as we travel new and challenging paths in an ever changing health care environment; to generously sharing my knowledge so as to lessen the burden of the novice and overwhelmed nurses I work with; and to making the power of nursing visible through supporting legislation that enhances population health literacy and empowerment.
Patty Gawrys Request an ethics consult when plan of care for the patient conflicts with nursing ethics.
Perihan Warren Ethics is the most important aspect we as nurses practice, as well as being a patient advocate. I will continue to practice nursing as if I were caring for my own family members.
Ramer Syquia I will commit to advance this vision by committing myself to a higher standard of care. By not taking any short cuts and by keeping myself accountable to the oaths, promises and truths I’ve made as a professional nurse.
Rosemary T. Hoffman Incorporate ethics into orientation and clinical thinking; educate nurses this Nurses Week as to ANA Code of Ethics; and serve as a role model as a nurse leader.
Sarah E. Shannon To advance the new ANA Code of Ethics and to work on an interprofessional level to advance the agenda.
Sarah Vittone To strengthen the culture and practice of nursing, I will teach undergraduates to live the values and practical aspects of the nursing code; through innovative teaching strategies, guide them to act as empowered advocates with patients and families; and through strategic and intentional methods create strong assertive new professionals who are adept at complex decision making and who fulfill effectively the due diligence required to promote patient autonomy and shared decision making. I will teach graduate nursing students to build on their experiences and through reflection and discernment to build their personal and professional skills as nurse leaders. Further, I will model and support practicing professionals in their day to day ethical challenges, highlighting the value they bring to the complexity of patient care and decision making.
Sheila Hahner I am working with a group to increase ethical knowledge among the nurses at CHP.
Stacy Perry I support the right for ALL individuals to have the right of free speech. We are all confronted, on a daily basis, to make decisions throughout our day, on a variety of issues. Some of these decisions may be “OK” and some many people may disagree with. But it is our right to do and say what we wish, taking risks and suffering consequences as needed. I work in a skilled nursing facility, and there are still some 90 and 100 year old people who wish to be “FULL CODE’s”. I don’t necessarily agree with this decision, but I need to honor that decision they have made. I continue to educate the nursing staff here that this is the residents choice and no matter how WE feel about it, we need to respect their decision.
Stacey Crane Perform nursing research ethically.  As a nursing scientist I will inform other health care providers on enhancing the ethics of research as a whole, and nursing research in particular.
Susan Hansen I will be asking each SNA member to sign the pledge along with all pre-nursing students and our faculty.
Susan Tenorio I will do my best to promote an ethical atmosphere to the nurses that I know by being a positive role model, always showing a good attitude in caring for patients as if they were my own family, taking the best possible care of patients, encouraging others to do the same, reading articles on ethics, participating in workshops about ethics, and always maintaining integrity in whatever I do. Also, I can share with others this vision and encourage them to sign this as well.
Teresa Goodell Integrate ethics learning into my teaching.
Terry Pando We will be starting a Nursing Ethics Council and educating staff on the ANA Code of Ethics 2015
Therese Principe After 25yrs of nursing, I will do whatever I can to help this profession.
Tracy Kaltenbacher I am part of clinical education and we teach an ethics section in our new graduate nurse seminars. I pledge to keep my team updated with new information and advocate for ethics topic inclusion into our teaching.
Walter Perez Search for ethics knowledge and apply it in the workforce.
William Goetz 1. Keep learning and practicing skills
2. Self and other awareness
3. Dive into the problems, find the solution to the gaps; thinking about the problems from multiple perspectives may shed light to a slightly happier, more just side, this is the greener side of life on the other side.
4. Make the grass greener on all sides
William Zellmer Make others, particularly leaders in pharmacy practice, aware of this bold initiative by nursing and discuss the prospects of collaborating with nursing and starting a similar initiative in another health profession.