Yes, we are celebrating #SchoolNurseDay2020 because it is important to acknowledge that our work continues, and the importance is heightened during this national emergency. Over the past 7 weeks, I have featured stories of school nurses across the country who are doing remarkable things to support their students, staff, families, and community.
On Wednesday, May 6th, we will have a #SchoolNurseChat on Twitter with school nurses across the country to check-in with colleagues and yes, celebrate. These rituals are not only important, but they also help us stay connected and provide support in turbulent times. Most schools will remain closed for face to face learning for the rest of the school year. Being in touch has never felt more helpful and comforting.
To all of my colleagues caring for our country’s 56 million students, your efforts are important, impactful, and innovative in the most consequential time that I can remember. For this reason, and so many more, we will celebrate #SchoolNurseDay2020, together!
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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