This week schools across the country are celebrating “Read Across America Day” and the birthday of Dr. Seuss! NJ school nurse, Phyllis Krey posted this fantastic picture on #Twitter of how she was celebrating! This is a terrific example of how school nurses are an integral part of a school community. We have many opportunities to join in school wide celebrations during the year, but do we? Congratulations Phyllis on finishing your MEd in May! You are an exemplar of what it means to expand the scope of school nursing practice beyond the walls of our health offices!
I’m in my 5th year at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School. Before that I worked at an urban charter school (grades 7-12) as well as in the special ed setting with Children on the spectrum as well as Children with multiple disabilities. I’m currently finishing my MEd at William Paterson U (this May – yay!) where I received my School Nurse Certification about 10 years ago. I was “called” to nursing in my mid 30s and completed Seton Halls accelerated BSN in 2006. I love working with my students – in addition to the traditional day to day stuff, I run a Wellness Fair each year with my PTO, and this year have collaborated with our Music Teacher to create “Healthy Me” videos to supplement my Health lessons. There is always something to learn when you work in education and my colleagues have provided me with so many wonderful ideas.
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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