Thank you, journalist, Linda Childers for amplifying the voices of nurses and our role in gun violence prevention and firearm safety. There are more than four million nurses across the country, imagine our collective power if we focused on educating families, patients, students, and communities about the urgency for safe storage. We could have an immediate impact on saving lives, today!
The term ‘gun control’ instantly creates polarization and leaves little room for finding common ground,” said Cogan. “But when we talk about gun safety measures — not controlling guns, but keeping our kids safe — that’s a shared value we can all agree on.
Nurses Spread the Word About Gun Safety
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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2 thoughts on “The Relentless School Nurse: Nurses Spread the Word About Gun Safety”
I appreciate the attempt to not alienate nurses by emphasizing gun safety. That may have had more appeal to me some time prior to the last years of gun violence outrage.
I think we are past that time. NASN needs to adopt a position that encourages a ban on assault weapons and sensible gun control . It is time to take a stand as other healthcare organizations have.
I am a retired school nurse and feel compelled to speak out .
Thank you for your message Adriana. I encourage you to continue speaking out, we need all voices in this issue.