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The Relentless School Nurse

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.

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

Remember the 5 W’s – For now, it’s all we have

We have to ask ourselves, is it safe for school buildings to open this fall? We don’t have a clear answer.  Nevertheless, schools appear to be fearfully moving forward to welcome students back for...

I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with...

Apoorva Mandavilli, a journalist from the New York Times, graciously interviewed me about what reopening of schools looks like in the midst of a pandemic. The conversation happened in the context of this past week...

Should nurses receive hazard pay?

That was the question I posted online and in only two hours 3,900 nurses from all over the country responded.*  A reporter had asked for my opinion, and I was seeking their input. Of...

Why wear face masks? Explaining COVID-19 to children

Elementary school nurse, Anne Young, created a series of videos for her students and parents to help reduce the stress and disruption of COVID-19. Nurse Young’s Corner is a delightful collection of informative videos...

You are witnessing the death of expertise

Planning for school reopening seems insurmountable, yet, those who are involved in the details continue efforts to keep our students and staff safe. It feels like we are writing plans in the sand, with...

10 things parents can do now to help prepare children for returning to school

School nurses have been industrious during COVID-19, using innovative skills to do one of the things we do best, providing information for our families. Everyone’s health literacy has been tested through the pandemic. The...

Trending jobs | School nurse

School nursing is an independent specialty practice that combines the best of public health and pediatric nursing. School nurses are responsible for the health and safety of their students, staff, and school community. The...

Introducing the #HopeYouSoap Campaign

#COVID19 has been an innovation springboard for nurses, especially school nurses like Holly David! She has created a hand hygiene campaign that is clever, memorable, and interactive. #HopeYouSoap began with the simple, but lifesaving...

The Radical Nurses Collective storytelling circle on nursing solidarity

What an honor, to join with nursing colleagues from across the country and contribute to the first Nursing Solidarity Story Circle on 6/11/2020! The Radical Nurses Collective joined forces with Dr. Jason Magabo Perez...

An open letter to my school nursing students

Teaching school nursing during COVID-19 has created challenges that forced me to pivot my course and take a 5-day intensive retreat-style experience and make it remote learning. It is a bit like being a...

See You Now Podcast explores re-entry

The See You Now Podcast is created in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and the American Nursing Association. It is hosted by Shawna Butler, a nurse economist, and health technology specialist. I am honored...

We Are Nurses!

School nurse Jenna Palmisano posted this YouTube video to comfort her students and other children who may be confused or fearful of personal protective equipment (PPE). Jenna was gracious enough to share her innovative...

In Conversation with nurse coach, Eileen Gavin

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Relentless School Nurse – In Conversation with Eileen Gavin, the Nurse Coach. My friendship with Eileen began in 2015 when I was a Johnson & Johnson School...