Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Announces 2019 Commencement Speaker


Ernest Grant

Ernest Grant

By Jeanne Leong

Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest organization for nurses, will deliver the keynote address during commencement for the graduating Class of 2019 at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden on Wednesday, May 22.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will be held at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden and will present bachelor of science and doctor of nursing practice degrees.

Grant is an internationally known burn care and fire safety expert, with more than 30 years of nursing experience. He is the first man elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association, which represents the interests of the nation’s four million registered nurses.

“Rutgers–Camden prepares nursing professionals who are defining new paths, which is why Ernest Grant is the ideal speaker for the Class of 2019,” says Donna Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “He has dedicated his life to shattering barriers and his career is a testament to the vital role of nursing to advancing the quality of health care in our nation. We are proud to welcome him as our 2019 commencement speaker.”

Grant has served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, directing burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel. In addition, he ran the center’s nationally acclaimed burn prevention program. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

He has conducted burn education courses with the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site.

Grant received his BSN degree from North Carolina Central University and his MSN and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is rapidly emerging as a leader in nursing education, innovative research, and the expert delivery of health care across southern New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond. For more than 45 years, Rutgers–Camden has prepared world-class nurses, health care providers, scholars, and leaders who work to create healthy communities and make a difference.

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