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.
Health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant populations will be broadened at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, thanks to a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language office to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty.
Simply put, explains Marie O’Toole, being a nurse means being able to make a tangible difference in peoples’ lives, whether it is bedside in a hospital or a home, or within a larger context, such as a population or community.
Historically, nurses have addressed underserved communities that lack access to quality health care, partnering with service providers across disciplines and the community to promote well-being to vulnerable people. Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden students took part in this storied tradition and gained vital hands-on experience by delivering health education and screenings to local parishioners, neighbors, and homeless people at a health fair hosted by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, N.J. on November 13, 2016.