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Liz Stokes , JD, MA, RN

Duquesne University PhD
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Liz Stokes is a nurse bioethicist who demonstrates expertise in policy on ethical issues including clinical decision making, assisted death, end of life issues, and women’s reproductive health. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Virginia and worked several years as a critical care nurse focusing on end-of-life care issues. Liz received her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond and worked as a Discipline Consultant for the District of Columbia Board of Nursing interpreting and conferring professional ethical provisions in nursing. She has a Masters in Bioethics from Loyola University Chicago and is the Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights. Liz demonstrates leadership through various charitable roles in the health and legal communities. She is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and currently serves on the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Nurse Affinity Group. Her areas of expertise include bioethics, nursing ethics and substance use disorder in nursing. She is an international speaker on the Code of Ethics for Nurses is published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation and the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Liz also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. She has volunteered with the District of Columbia Bar Association and received national recognition for her pro bono efforts. Liz’s sphere of influence as a nurse-attorney combined with her education in bioethics enables a unique contribution to nursing ethics, law, and policy.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Psych-Mental Health
Dissertation: Moral Choices: Defining the Psychological Consequences of Nursing Practice