Safety, health, and back-to-school plans in a pandemic with Robin Cogan & A Better Normal

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

My heart is full, thank you to @CissyWhite and my friends at @ACEsConnection for inviting me to participate in this important conversation about Health, Safety, and Back-to-School Plans.

Parents and students are living with a lot of uncertainty about what schooling for our kids will look like come fall. Many of us do not yet know if our schools will open full-time, part-time, or via a hybrid model. We don’t know if schools stay open should a second COVID-19 wave hit, or what our plans and options are for our kids regardless of what our school, district, or state decides.

Families are under considerable stress at work and at home and continue to live with continual uncertainty. Depending on the age/s of our child/ren, we may also have questions about daycare, childcare, access to food and technology, as well as concerns about balancing our own work, health, bills, and home life responsibilities.

Please join our special guest, school nurse, writer, blogger, and public speaker, Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN for a discussion about the pandemic as it relates to safety, health, and back-to-school (or not) plans. This conversation is geared towards parents and families. This conversation is a part of  A Better Normal series.

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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