June 4, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden,
The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden community condemns the violence against African Americans that most recently ended the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
We are confronted by racism and discrimination in our clinical practice sites, our classrooms, our research settings, the policy realm, and our daily lives. We find ourselves witness to our colleagues and students who experience systemic institutionalized racism and discrimination.
The career of the new dean at the School of Nursing-Camden was shaped by military service and her desire to work toward social justice and equity.
In high school, Donna Nickitas participated in a program assisting nurses in a busy New York hospital. She shadowed members of the profession who cared for the most at-risk and vulnerable patients in the community.
“Those nurses sincerely treated these individuals with dignity and with respect – that always stayed with me,” Nickitas said.
Nancy M.H. Pontes, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., received the ‘Innovations in the Continuum of Care Award’ from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ) at its Annual Holiday Meeting held Dec. 7, 2018. The award recognizes Pontes, an assistant professor with the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, for her leadership in implementing a nursing project that has had significant outcomes outside of the acute care setting.
Johnson & Johnson has spotlighted the award-winning Rutgers University–Camden Spanish for Health Professions Certificate Program as an innovative, cross-disciplinary effort to tackle health disparities in minority populations in its November 21 edition of Notes On Nursing.