Alumni Association Supports Students and Alumni

When a group of alumni from the School of Nursing gathered in the fall of 2019, their goal was to establish a formal association that would support nurses long after they left Rutgers–Camden.

Their timing, it turned out, couldn’t have been better.

As the School of Nursing-Camden Alumni Association was being chartered in 2020—coincidentally the Year of the Nurse and Midwife—the world was in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and nurses were on the front lines.

“Being a new nurse is scary in and of itself,” says Linda Wray CCAS ’74,’76, co-president of the alumni association and a retired critical care nurse who spent most of her career as director of cardiac medical nursing at Hahnemann University Hospital. “Suddenly, these brand new nurses are walking out into a situation—a worldwide pandemic—that none of us have ever seen before. There really was a need not only to support them but also to recognize the challenges they were facing.”

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