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.
1st Lt. Jennifer Wain is currently a junior nursing student at the university and works in the Veterans Services Office on campus as the vice president of Student Veterans. With a prior degree in biology, she has always found research enthralling, and it is what continues to drive her passion for nursing today.
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden faculty members Katherine Prihoda and Kathleen Jackson, both assistant professors in the school, and Project H.O.P.E., the school’s new faculty-practice partner, have been named 2017 recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement. Every day, Rutgers University–Camden students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners work to advance well-being for the people of southern New Jersey and the region.
As medical professionals on the frontlines of health care, nurses must remain calm, level-headed, and prepared for anything that may arise in order to administer safe and proper care to their patients. In many ways, those qualities are a lot like what is required of someone in the military, who must rely on his or her training and instincts in a given situation.
Across the nation, school nurses are critical to health of their students and their communities. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will bolster its mission of educating school nurses to address the complex and increasingly demanding health needs of students and their communities within the state.