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In Conversation with nurse coach, Eileen Gavin

By: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN

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 Health Fellow and she was a program mentor and community coach. The following year, I was invited back to join Eileen as a mentor and coach and our friendship was forever bonded. We were known as Lucy and Ethel, pushing the boundaries of programming and innovating engaging experiences for our beloved J&J School Health Leadership participants.

When I decided to create a video blog version of The Relentless School Nurse, I knew Eileen would be my first guest because she always says YES in support of my Lucy antics. Thank you, Eileen, for your leadership in school nursing, but most of all your friendship.

The Relentless School Nurse – In Conversation will be visiting friends and colleagues who have become friends that I have met along the way in the world of school nursing and beyond. I hope you enjoy this inaugural episode and I look forward to providing more engaging conversations in the weeks and months to come.

Please click here to read an additional blog post from Eileen on School Nurse Training for Communicable Disease Management & Investigation of COVID 19.

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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