Ellen M. Robinson

RN, PhD, HEC-C

Nurse Ethicist

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts

Ellen M. Robinson RN PhD, HEC-C is a graduate of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, receiving her Masters in Cardiovascular Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1983, and her PhD in nursing with a focus on nursing ethics, in 1997. In 1997-98, Ellen completed the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics fellowship, after which she transitioned into the role of nurse ethicist at MGH. In her role as nurse ethicist, Ellen provides ethics consultation to health professionals, patients and families at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has served on the MGH Optimum Care Committee since 1993 and as co-chair of the committee since 2007. In her role as committee co-chair, she has led the way in developing and implementing the hospital’s ‘Do No Harm’ policy, which aims to protect patients approaching end of life from the harms of CPR. In addition, she serves on the MGH Hospital for Children Pediatric Ethics Committee and the Harvard Medical School Ethics Leadership Council. In 2010, Ellen received a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Nursing grant to develop and implement a Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses, which educated and mentored practicing nurses, nurse leaders, and advance practice nurses to serve on ethics committees, facilitate ethics discussions and learn the process of ethics consultation. Ellen co-leads a research program which focuses on the experience and outcomes of ethics consultation at MGH, work which has made several contributions to the professional literature.

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