I support the practice of making scientific knowledge accessible to all, especially when it comes to critical topics like suicide prevention. Promoting widespread access to scientific knowledge is crucial to foster an understanding of effective practices in suicide prevention and the policies that drive systemic change. That’s why I encourage you to check out this newly released open-source (free!) textbook:
Open-source articles and textbooks like this one can empower individuals, professionals, and policymakers to work together and make a difference in suicide prevention. Let’s ensure that vital information reaches a broader audience and fosters positive change in our communities.
This newly released text has multiple chapters dedicated to suicide prevention in school settings:
Open-source articles democratize scientific knowledge by removing barriers to access, promoting inclusivity and collaboration, and driving evidence-based decision-making. Hopefully, this practice will continue to grow as awareness of the benefits is shared, it is likely that more researchers, institutions, and publishers will embrace this practice.
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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1 thought on “The Relentless School Nurse: An Open-Source (Free) Textbook Makes the Science of “Youth Suicide, Prevention & Accessible””
Excellent overview of drills and effects on students. We need more research that is evidence based. But in the meantime, preparedness is the cornerstone of nursing. A balance is going to include the school nurse being able to go into warm zones after an event, to save lives. Many resources including Stop the Bleed, Homeland Security and state initiatives. Point-school nurses must have the supplies they need, and the training to use these supplies. It is the School’s ER!