A late night message, “Robin, I have one child left. What should we do about school?”

Author(s): Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN

Here is Nelba’s family’s story, just published in The Washington Post by the award-winning journalist, John Woodrow Cox. I am so honored and humbled that Nelba reached out to me for support and guidance. Read this incredible story, you will understand the intersection of gun violence, COVID, and school safety:

Only one of their children survived Sandy Hook. Now school posed a new threat: The virus.

Jimmy Greene and his wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene, with their son, Isaiah Marquez-Green, at home in Connecticut. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 19th year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. She serves on several national boards including The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), a gun violence prevention research non-profit organization and the National Board of Certification for School Nurses (NBCSN). Robin is the Legislative Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA). She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor.

She has been recognized in her home state of New Jersey and nationally for her community-based initiative called “The Community Café: A Conversation That Matters.” Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include 2019 National Association of School Nurses (NASN) President’s Award; 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year; 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year; and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty.

Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RobinCogan.

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