Ashley Hurst, an attorney, former partner at an Atlanta firm where she practiced employment discrimination law, earned a master's of divinity and a master's of religious ethics. Hurst teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on clinical and legal ethics in healthcare to nursing students and others across Grounds. The former Thomas G. Bell Clinical Ethics Fellow in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities in the UVA School of Medicine, Hurst earned degrees from the University of Florida, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Virginia.
Her research focuses on preventative ethics - setting up systems that allow clinicians to assess situations that are likely to become ethics dilemmas, and intervene beforehand - and moral distress. A regular presentor, she has published papers on moral distress and narrative ethics topics.
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Joan Didion
Research FocusMoral distress, narrative ethics, preventative ethics, and clinical and legal ethics in healthcare.
Teaching FocusClinical and legal ethics in healthcare.
Hurst, A., Castaneda, B., & Ramsdale, E. (2019). Deliberate indifference: Inadequate health care in U.S. prisons. Annals of Internal Medicine, 170(8), 563. https://doi.org/10.7326/m17-3154
Hurst, A. R. & Moses, B. A. (2018). Providing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to a Jehovah's Witness. Critical Connections Journal by the SCCM, 0, 1.
Epstein, E., & Hurst, A. (2017). Looking at the positive side of moral distress: Why it's a problem. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 28(1), 37-41.
Hurst, A. R., Vergales, S., Paget-Brown, B. D., Lantos, D., & Mercurio, A. (2016). Tough decisions for premature triplets. Pediatrics, 137(2), 1-5.
Epstein, E. G., Hurst, A. R., Mahanes, D., Marshall, M. F., & Hamric, A. B. (2016). Is broader better? American Journal of Bioethics, 16(12), 15-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2016.1242669
Hurst, A., Mahanes, D., & Marshall, M.F. (2014). Dax's Case Redux: When Comes the End of the Day? Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. The John Hopkins University Press, (4)2, pp. 171-177. https://doi.org/10.1353/nib.2014.0029
Hurst, A. R. (2021). Self-care and systemic change: What you need to know. In D. Fontaine, T. Cunningham, & N. B. May (Eds.), Self-care for new and student nurses (1st ed., pp. 212-225). Sigma Theta Tau International.
Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds
Bourque, J.M., Hurst, A.R., & Marshall, M.F. (2013, October 6). Letter to the editor: Mortality reporting and pay-for-performance programs [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Association. 404-405.