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.
The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden celebrated sixty-three nursing students with a pinning ceremony on January 17. The ceremony marked a significant milestone, the successful completion of the students’ rigorous educational requirements that will enable them to sit for the state licensure examination and transition into professional nursing practice.
The career of the new dean at the School of Nursing-Camden was shaped by military service and her desire to work toward social justice and equity.
In high school, Donna Nickitas participated in a program assisting nurses in a busy New York hospital. She shadowed members of the profession who cared for the most at-risk and vulnerable patients in the community.
“Those nurses sincerely treated these individuals with dignity and with respect – that always stayed with me,” Nickitas said.
Nancy M.H. Pontes, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., received the ‘Innovations in the Continuum of Care Award’ from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ) at its Annual Holiday Meeting held Dec. 7, 2018. The award recognizes Pontes, an assistant professor with the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, for her leadership in implementing a nursing project that has had significant outcomes outside of the acute care setting.
Johnson & Johnson has spotlighted the award-winning Rutgers University–Camden Spanish for Health Professions Certificate Program as an innovative, cross-disciplinary effort to tackle health disparities in minority populations in its November 21 edition of Notes On Nursing.