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Nursing Scientist Receives Prestigious American Academy of Nursing Fellowship for Contribution to Profession: Rutgers-Camden Campus News

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By Jeanne Leong

Robin Cogan, Lecturer at Rutgers University-Camden and School Nurse in Camden, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), one of the highest honors that can be bestowed in the field.

Cogan is among the 225 Fellows of Class 2021 and joins a small group of school nurses who have been accepted into the academy. FAAN selection criteria include contributions to nursing and health care, reducing health inequalities and inequalities, and influencing health policy and care.

“School nurses have been a hidden health system for far too long,” says Cogan of Cherry Hill. “Our presence democratizes equal health opportunities for our most underserved and underserved communities.”

A school nurse for 21 years, Cogan has been a leading voice for school nurses and an advocate for children.

Her blog, The Relentless School Nurse, shares the stories of school nurses from across the country.

Robin Cogan is an advocate for school nurses and the health and safety of children.

At Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, Cogan teaches the next generation of school nurses in the School Nursing Certificate Program. In 2018 she received the Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Teaching Excellence Award for part-time teaching.

As a researcher on topics such as school nursing, public health, and children’s health and safety issues, Cogan has received multiple awards for her work.

She was awarded the National Association of School Nurses Presidential Prize for two consecutive years.
Cogan received the Nationally Certified School Nurse Award for School Nurse of the Year, Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health Population Health Hero Award.

Cogan, lead author of an article in Current Trauma Reports about active target practice in schools, says exposing students to terrifyingly realistic scenarios of masked intruders and loud gunfire does more harm than good. Cogan suggests that school nurses are ideally placed to work with other health professionals, law enforcement, and government officials to prevent mass shootings.

Cogan became interested in school nursing after losing her health job in a company takeover. A break from work gave her the opportunity to go to summer camp with her twin daughters. Encouraged by school nurses in the camp, Cogan embarked on a new career as a school nurse in the Camden City School District.

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