I am a school nurse in Camden, New Jersey. Many of my families travel the arduous and dangerous path from countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to find a better life for their children. I understand it is controversial to some, but being the spouse of a man whose family chose to leave the life they had in Cuba for the future of their children, I have a different perspective.
Those who judge the families that come to this country seeking asylum may have never been in the desperate position to try to save your children from lawlessness, danger, rape, human trafficking, death, and despair. This is not hyperbole, these are stories that I have heard through my families in Camden.
I read an article this morning that just infuriated me. A woman found a group of young people, including a very sick teenager, on a Texas highway so she stopped to help them. This good Samaritan was arrested! Here is the article:
Published by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN, is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Director for New Jersey to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include, 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. She also writes a monthly column in My American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinCogan.
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