New Column in OJIN!


We’re excited to announce the addition of a new column in OJIN! The ANA Position Statements column will feature the latest position papers in the journal for your convenience. We welcome the editor of this new column, Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN. Liz is the Director of the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights and demonstrates expertise in writing public policy on ethical issues including medical marijuana, assisted death, intellectual disabilities, and women's reproductive health.

Liz completed a 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. She received a 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. Her expertise and leadership is also demonstrated 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, and also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Liz is an active volunteer with the District of Columbia Bar Association and has 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.