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.
There is a persistent salary gap within the nursing workforce. It is both harmful and discriminatory. The job of the professional nurse regardless of health care setting is the same but the pay is different. Why the salary gap when male and female nurses are doing the same job? The answer seems to be gender. Donna M. Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, calls for closing the gender pay gap in nursing in a recent op-ed she contributed to the journal Nursing Economic$.
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.