Nursing Student Finds Passion in Patient Care and Community Engagement

Jenna Romano

Jenna Romano

By Ed Moorhouse

Sometimes even stressful and trying moments can provide inspiration.

Jenna Romano’s path to becoming a nurse started while her brother was hospitalized with the H1N1 virus a few years ago. The Rutgers University–Camden freshman describes it as a difficult time, but one that gave her an appreciation for the health care field.

“We were in the hospital setting with my bother for quite a while. We were all going through something that was very traumatic. It’s scary when someone you love is going through something like that,” recalls Romano, whose brother made a full recovery.

“I remember how the nurses were very positive and kept us upbeat the entire time and I remember watching them interact with patients and provide them with care. That’s’ what motivated me to become a nurse,” she says. “I’m a service-oriented person. I want to help people and I want to be able to translate that into a career.”

Romano, a Burlington Township resident and graduate of Holy Cross High School, is only scratching the surface of her collegiate nursing career, but she already knows she made the right choice and feels right at home at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.

“It’s exceeded my expectations,” she says, smiling brightly while describing her first few weeks on campus. “The professors are wonderful and I get that community vibe at Rutgers and this has been a great fit for me.”

Growing up in a small town already provided Romano with a unique sense community, she says, which is also critical to becoming a successful nurse.

“I’m from a neighborhood that is very close-knit and having that sense of solidarity translates very well into a hospital setting,” she explains. “I think being a successful nurse is about delivering quality care, but also devotion to patients to ensure they are getting the attention they need.

A well-rounded student-athlete in high school who spent time tutoring and participating in community service activities, Romano knows that civic engagement is ingrained in the fabric of the life of a Rutgers–Camden student and goes hand-in-hand with proving health care.

“Camden is an area of great need and where there is need there is opportunity to give back,” she says. “I’m excited to play a role in doing that.”

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