Engaged Civic Learning

More than ever, nurses are using their influence and knowledge to advance the frontlines of heath care practice, policy, and patient outcomes. Nurses have a storied history of speaking up to address the needs of vulnerable communities while innovating solutions and partnering with service providers across disciplines to promote quality care. Today, there is a growing movement of committed nursing professionals who bring healing and health equity to underserved communities all across the country. Engaged civic learning allows nursing students to translate theories learned in the classroom, 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 become better equipped to recognize the causes and innovative solutions to complex social problems, while they develop skills critical to success in the workplace. They become effective change agents by participating in direct service, capacity building, advocacy, and research.

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

We believe a person's zip code should not determine the quality of their health care, and in a free society, access to care —and decision-making regarding one’s care— are basic rights, not privileges. Enaged civic learning is built into our nursing curriculum, connecting campus resources with people in the community, enriching students' lives, and encouraging them to become champions of well-being. 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