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 costs of economic discrimination as well as gender discrimination impacts the business case for caring,” said Donna M. Nickitas, Ph.D., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., C.N.E., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., dean and professor, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, and editor, Nursing Economic$. “The historic and profound discrimination of women in nursing throughout history has never been adequately addressed.”
Marie T. O’Toole, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is one of fourteen distinguished nurse educators selected for induction into the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) prestigious Academy of Nursing Education.
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.
For mothers suffering from depression and living in poverty, getting help is no easy matter. “A lot of them have no way of dealing with mental and emotional problems,” said Rahshida Atkins, an assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.
Robin Cogan is passionate about making gun violence a vital public health issue.
In 1949, Robin’s father Charles Cohen, who was 12 years old at the time, survived the Howard Unruh shooting in Camden, N.J., by hiding in a closet while the gunman murdered his parents and grandmother. Recognized as the nation’s first mass murder, Unruh killed 13 people using a 9mm handgun he bought in a store. Fast-forward to February 14, 2018 when Robin’s niece, Carly Novell, hid in a closet with her classmates to survive the shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.