Ivy Pearlstein is a nurse practitioner, musician, and all-around extraordinary person. She is also a talented artist, who uses comics to educate. In this video, Ivy displays her musical and artistic talents to encourage everyone to “just put on a little mask.” She is accompanied on piano by her daughter, Rini. Full disclosure, Ivy is also one of my most treasured friends who has become family over the past twenty years. What I love most about this video is that it exemplifies the power of credible messengers. Please help me make this gentle reminder from a trusted nurse go viral for the sake of our nation’s health. ‘Just put on a little mask’ America, it’s that simple.
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. View all posts by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN