In a world that often feels overwhelmingly bleak, there are sometimes moments of sunshine that break through the darkness. I had one of those moments this week when I was informed that the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly signed a joint legislative resolution acknowledging my induction as a Fellow in The American Academy of Nursing. Thank you to Rutgers Camden-Nursing Dean, Dr. Donna Nickitas for sharing the good news with me and to Christina Zuk who makes magical things happen.
My heart is full and it does feel very special to be recognized for my body of work in this very public way. But, I am one of 2500 school nurses in New Jersey, and at least 96,000 school nurses across the country. We are all working at surge capacity through the pandemic. My work is fueled by an overarching goal to shine the brightest spotlight on school nursing practice and how it impacts student health and learning.
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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3 thoughts on “The Relentless School Nurse: Sharing Good News”
BRAVO Robin!!!! That is indeed a ray of sunshine news! Congratulations!!!!!
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor and recognition for all you have done and continue to do for school nursing.