When I published the blog post about Charity Collins, the first black school nurse who served the city of Atlanta in 1911, I was frustrated by the lack of accessible information. To my absolute delight, the post got the attention of “Nurses You Should Know,” a new initiative spearheaded by Joanna Seltzer Uribe, a Johnson & Johnson Innovation Fellow. Here is a description of the project, birthed from a desire to learn more about the history of nursing from an inclusive lens:
Nurses of color have long-shaped the nursing profession and transformed healthcare, but their stories are underrepresented in the broader nursing narrative. A new nurse-led project, “Nurses You Should Know,” is using storytelling to help close the representation gap by amplifying their contributions.
Joanna introduces the project in this article, originally published on the Johnson & Johnson Nursing website:
The most recent article about “Nurses You Should Know” celebrates Charity Collins Miles! I am thankful to Joanna and her team for lifting up the work of Ms. Collins Miles and sharing her groundbreaking but little-known, contribution to school nursing.
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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