This article was just published in Rutgers-Camden News! Written by the very talented Jeanne Leong, Assistant Director of Media Relations. I appreciate the support of Rutgers-Camden in sharing the work that I am doing, along with dedicated colleagues, Dean Donna Nickitas, Professor Sunny Hallowell of Villanova University and Donna Mazyck, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). The voice of nursing in addressing gun violence as a public health crisis is paramount. The article we wrote focuses on the impact of school shootings on the school community. In 46 weeks this year, there have been 45 school shootings. School nurses are on the front lines of this epidemic. We must not be afraid to speak up and out about the ripple effects of gun violence in our schools. This is my “why,” please share yours.
Published by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 21st year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Legislative Co-chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association. 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. View all posts by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN