There are often unexpected, but welcome surprises in my email. Here is one that led to an article in The Trace, whose tagline is, “The only newsroom dedicated to covering gun violence.” I was familiar with The Trace and was thrilled to read the invitation for Laurie Combe, and me to talk with journalist, Chip Brownlee. I am including Chip’s email because it illustrates how an article in NASN School Nurse can reach a much wider audience than I ever imagined.
My name is Chip Brownlee. I’m a reporter at The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that covers America’s gun violence crisis. In addition to covering federal firearms policy, I write The Trajectory, a newsletter about gun violence solutions.
I’m reaching out to see if you might be interested in speaking with me for an article. I saw your piece in the NASN journal on how school nurses can reduce firearm injuries and your previous article from 2019 on gun violence. I think you make some excellent points about nurses being key partners in preventing gun violence before it happens. I’d love to get your thoughts on this subject and share it with our readers.
Laurie and I had a productive conversation with Chip that resulted in the article linked below. It is hopeful and encouraging to know that the message of the expanded role of school nursing in gun violence prevention is reaching a wider audience.
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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