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In a simulation suite in the new Nursing and Science building, students in a Rutgers School of Nursing‒Camden class are learning to work with patients and help prevent suicides.

Using standardized patients, trained actors play the role of someone who may be at risk of taking their own life.

Improving Health Changing Lives - Rutgers Camden Magazine Fall 2017

The first thing Kathleen Jackson did was listen.

A nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, Jackson received a Take Care Health Promotion grant from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an organization that had previously honored her with its state excellence award. The small grant sponsored focus groups in Camden neighborhoods in 2015 to research the health-care concerns of residents.

“That was really helpful in finding out from people what the issues were,” Jackson said.

Rahshida Atkins remembers the hardships her mother endured while successfully raising five children in Newark and Rahway. But the Atkins matriarch is far from the only mother Rahshida Atkins watched overcome socioeconomic challenges while singlehandedly bringing up her family.

Strengthening Rutgers University–Camden’s role as a regional leader in health care and the sciences, the 107,000-square-foot Nursing and Science Building, located at Fifth and Federal Sts. in Camden, has opened.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 25, officially dedicating the $62.5-million world-class teaching and research facility, which allows Rutgers–Camden to expand its ability to prepare a new generation of science and nursing leaders for New Jersey and the region.

At first glance, the similarities are unmistakable. Growing up three-fourths of a set of quadruplets, Casey, Kelly, and Rachel Murphy say they have gotten used to people recognizing them around their hometown of Swedesboro.

“Ever since we were young, even if people didn’t know us, they knew of us,” explains Rachel, who graduated from Kingsway High School with her quadruplet sisters in 2017.

But just as quickly, it’s easy to see what sets the sisters apart, and it’s their ability to work together as a team that has enabled each one to shine in their own unique way.

Edgewater Park resident Laura Tolver has been named a Tillman Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation. A student in the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at Rutgers University–Camden, she is one of only five nursing students, and only 61 students overall, to earn this highly competitive scholarship.

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