Welcome from Dean Nickitas

Welcome to the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden!

The School of Nursing–Camden is a unique place that demonstrates how an exceptional educational program prepares and builds the next generation of nurse leaders, clinicians, and scholars. We are a diverse and supportive learning community of nursing students, faculty, staff, and proud alumni who integrate academic programs, community service, advocacy, and research into a dynamic whole.

As dean, I commit that truth, transparency, honesty, and civility will be foundational to our education, clinical practice, and research. This is what I know to be true: I am ready to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our nursing community to build a culture of engagement and excellence where every member of the school is united in driving access to and delivery of quality health care and well-being.

This is an exciting time of growth for our campus and our home city of Camden, N.J. The School stands at an important juncture in its future and the evolution of health care. Our students are immersed in nursing’s core values –social justice, respect, rigor, and resilience– to bring balance and strength to their moral development and practice, where they bring healing and ethical judgment to at-risk and underserved populations around the corner and across the world.

Nurses must serve society and do public good — they are champions of holistic health and advocates for the most vulnerable, they use their knowledge and voice to impact social justice, equity, and well-being. From the founding of our profession nurses have mobilized to remove barriers that threaten healthcare delivery; today these barriers include efforts to reduce health insurance coverage and practices that impede access. We have a long history of advocacy and social action. As nurses, we do public good by upholding the promise to serve all society, advocating for policies that protect all populations, especially the most vulnerable against discrimination, health inequity, and social injustice.

Whether you are new to the nursing vocation or seeking to advance in your career, I invite you to explore the School of Nursing—Camden's fully accredited undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs: Bachelor of Science in NursingAccelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, convenient on-campus or online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, three Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks, plus a DNP/MBA dual-degree option, and intensive School Nurse and Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse specialties.

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is rapidly emerging as an important leader and premiere academic institution for nursing education, research, and practice of health care across southern New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond. For more than 45 years, Rutgers–Camden has prepared world-class nurses right here in the heart of southern New Jersey – educating compassionate providers, scholars, and socially responsible citizens who strive to make a difference and build healthy communities.

Donna M. Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor