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CAMDEN CITY, NJ--Rutgers School of Nursing in the heart of Camden is a campus where students will benefit from the Screen Shot 2017-10-24 at 15.36.00best of both worlds.  The close-knit campus allows for individualized support and competitive tuition that reduces costs for New Jersey residents. At the same time, it is a place that offers a world-class academic experience for those who are looking to begin or further their nursing career. Rutgers Camden’s unique vision is a reflection of the core belief that access to healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Believing that one’s zip code should not determine the quality of health, the school’s commitment to social justice informs Rutgers University-Camden’s strategic direction, in line with the university’s commitment to civic engagement. This vision achieved a new level this past September when the new 107,000 square-feet Nursing and Science Building opened at 5th & Federal Streets.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on September 29th with university leaders, elected officials and student leaders in attendance. “This is a transformative moment for Camden,” Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon told more than 200 guests in attendance. “This building represents Rutgers’ first bold step in forging an ‘Eds and Meds’ corridor that moves us closer toward our vision of a city where innovation in healthcare and bioscience commands the imagination of the world.”

The new medical educational corridor connects the University District with the Cooper University Health Care neighborhood, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, and the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Such a richness of medical education in the area is perhaps the most significant component of Camden’s growth. At the opening ceremony, U.S. Representative Donald Norcross mentioned that “Camden in the previous quarter, by the Department of Labor’s statistics, rated us (Camden) the number one area in the country for job growth.”  Forecasts show continued growth for the “Eds and Meds” economy in Camden for years to come.   

The new building will serve more than 1,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs and will include innovative computer labs, classrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls workstations, and faculty and administrative offices. The cutting-edge labs allow students to get a more up-close and personal education in both the Simulation Lab and the Basic Clinical Competencies Lab. The labs help develop muscle memory in tense environments and give students a better feel for realistic hospital, home care, and outpatient settings. There’s also a Physics Laser Materials Lab, which incorporates a range of physics research and state of the art equipment funded by National Science Foundation awards to Rutgers University.

The new facility will serve 1,000 undergrad and grad students certainly benefit the students who are hard at work with their studies. It will also help the Camden community at-large. Brooke Trigiani, Vice President of the Rutgers-Camden Students Association put it best. “We now have the opportunity to better build relationships with one another as students and to create a support structure that will last well beyond college,” said Trigiani. “This new building is more than just space for more classrooms; it is a resource to develop future nursing and scientific leaders in our community.”

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Watch the Video from the Ribbon Cutting!