Lacie Porch was just eighteen months old when she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a condition that affects nearly 300,000 children – from infants to teenagers – in the U.S. alone. Lacie, a first-year student in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden traditional baccalaureate program, is determined to become a pediatric rheumatologist. She explains why she chose to first pursue a nursing career:
Alessia Mattioli had given up on her high school dreams of studying abroad.
A 24-year-old single mother earning a nursing degree while caring for a special-needs child and working at a hospital, she had almost no free time. But in her final year at Rutgers University–Camden, she received an email about a class called Health and Healing in Guatemala. The engaged civic-learning course would take place over spring break. It revived her dream. “I told myself, ‘It’s 10 days. I can do 10 days.’”
Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a caregiving profession.
She developed an interest in medicine while growing up in the Tariphat village in the Gorkha district in rural Nepal, where the only health care available was a health post, a small office staffed with a couple of medical professionals who could only provide basic care. Anyone who needed services for serious issues would need to travel to a hospital located in Kathmandu, if they could afford to make the approximately 12-hour trip requiring a six-hour walk, then a six-hour bus ride.
In the latest issue of the Rutgers University–Camden magazine, Donna M. Nickitas, who became dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden in July, emphasizes that nurses must address issues of disparity and discrimination in health care, particularly regarding African Americans and Latinos.
A new model for educating nurses developed by the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden has received a 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award.
“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.”