Donna M. Nickitas

The appointment of Donna Nickitas, a noted health policy scholar and nursing educator, as the dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is announced by Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden.

The appointment becomes effective on July 1.  As dean, Nickitas will lead the growth of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, which was approved by the Rutgers Board of Governors on June 14, 2011.

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.

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden proudly welcomes three new assistant professors, Ji-Young An, Rahshida Atkins, and Terri-Ann Kelly; and visiting clinical instructor Jennifer Sipe, to our learning community. All four are accomplished scholars, nurse scientists, and clinicians whose diverse range of expertise enriches the School of Nursing–Camden’s academic excellence, lends innovation to its research agenda, and helps drive Rutgers University–Camden’s commitment to advance nursing education, scientific discovery, and health promotion.