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The Radical Nurses Collective storytelling circle on nursing solidarity

By: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN
We want to provide an outlet for nurses to share their stories in a time of national reckoning by asking our story tellers to consider:
  • How has being a nurse informed your understanding of what’s going on currently?
  • How do you see your professional role interacting with the current challenges that we’re experiencing in the country?
  • What is your role as a nurse in these times?
You can hear my story along with 4 other incredible nurses who shared their truth. Thank you, Vanessa and Jess, of the Radical Nurse Collective for inviting me. I have a grateful heart.

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.

The views and opinions expressed by My Nurse Influencer contributors are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. These are opinion pieces and are not peer reviewed.

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  • That was such a great story. The nurses do all the major and minor works for patients, they face lots of issues in their professional careers but they don’t let it affect their jobs. Huge respect for them.


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