Now, as never before, nurses are using their influence and knowledge to advance the frontlines of heath care practice, policy, and patient outcomes. Historically, nurses have used their 'voice' to address underserved communities that lack access to quality health care, partnering with service providers across disciplines and the community to promote well-being. Today, there is a growing movement of committed nursing professionals who bring healing and health equity to vulnerable communities all across the country. Engaged civic learning allows nursing students to use the theories learned in the classroom, helps them to develop critical thinking, and offers a platform for them to practice their 'voices' as professional nurses and health care providers.
Having fun while doing good
Engaged civic learning has significant, positive impact on nursing students' confidence, social skills, appreciation of diversity, and ability to cultivate relationships. Students are better equipped to to recognize the causes and innovative solutions to complex social problems, and they develop skills critical to success in the workplace. They become effective change agents by participating in direct service, capacity building, advocacy, and research. Nursing students across all levels of scholarship are involved in evidence-based, participatory research that is published in leading research journals.
Rutgers–Camden Student Nurses' Association (SNA) is our local, student-run organization that works to encourage students to expand their roles as nurse leaders and patient advocates by working to make a positive impact on the City of Camden and improve the well-being of its citizens. The SNA meets monthly to support classmates and promote health equity for the citizens of Camden and beyond, by forging partnerships with social enterprises such as soup kitchens, places of worship, and community groups.
Civic learning in our nursing curriculum
Enaged civic learning is built into our nursing curriculum. Students have several options to get involved and to use the theories learned in the classroom to develop their voices as professional nurses.
- Community Health Nursing
- Nursing of Children and Adolescents
- Nursing of Women and Childbearing Family
- Service learning abroad journeys to Belize, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, and South Africa