Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Selected for Prestigious National Leadership Program

Marlton resident Joanne Robinson, the inaugural dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been named as one of nine fellows of the National League for Nursing’s Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice program.

Dean Joanne Robinson

The highly selective program is for experienced executive leaders in nursing education and practice who have held their positions for more than five years.  The NLN program prepares participants to become champions for change and to design and implement strategies to innovate and meet the ever-changing demands of nursing education and health care. During the year-long program, participants will engage with peers and experts from across the nation to examine issues related to leadership and organizational systems.

A noted scholar in the area of nursing care for the elderly, Robinson was named as the founding dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden in 2012.  As the leader of a rapidly growing nursing school committed to preparing nurses to deliver the highest levels of patient care while advancing nursing and health science, Robinson has led the relatively new nursing school through impressive growth, including the addition of a doctor of nursing practice program and a graduate certificate program in wound ostomy continence nursing, and the merger of nursing programs at the former UMDNJ campus in Stratford into Rutgers–Camden.

Later this spring, the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will relocate into the new Rutgers Nursing and Science Building which currently is being built next to Camden City Hall.  The 100,000-square-foot facility will serve more than 1,000 Rutgers–Camden nursing students and will offer greater classroom and lab capacity, including state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs, a case-study classroom designed for a “flipped classroom” approach to instruction, and Scale-Up Discovery classrooms devised for team learning.

Robinson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the field. Her early work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Teaching Nursing Home Project helped to shape an agenda for gerontological nursing research, reforms in nursing home care, and education of nurses to care for older adults. Later, her work helped to seed the evidence base for restraint-free care of nursing home residents.

In New Jersey, Robinson co-founded the NJ End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium; served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Elder Care and the New Jersey Commission on Aging; and has participated in multiple statewide initiatives to improve nursing home care and access to senior services.  She is the immediate past chair of the New Jersey Association of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing.

Robinson’s research on lower urinary tract symptoms in older adults has been supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research for Health and recognized with six awards.  Her publications include two books, five book chapters, and more than 30 articles that have appeared in professional clinical and research journals.  Her current research addresses the management of urinary symptoms in men with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

In 2011, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, which is one of the nation’s highest honors in nursing scholarship.

Robinson received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Paterson University in 1975 and her master’s degree in community health nursing from Rutgers–Newark in 1982.  She then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her master’s degree in social gerontology (1994) and her Ph.D. in nursing (1995).

Information about the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is online at

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