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Rahshida Atkins, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

2000 Pennington Road, Trenton Hall, Room 113, Ewing, New Jersey 08628

Phone Number: (609) 771-2510 / Fax Number: (609) 637-5159 / Email:

About Dr. Rahshida Atkins


Dr. Rahshida Atkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at The College of New Jersey.  Dr. Rahshida Atkins obtained a BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing from Rutgers College of Nursing in Newark. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania school of nursing with a focus on helping vulnerable women, children and families. She spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Nursing, and has taught online and in-class courses at all levels at several different universities and colleges.  She enthusiastically instructs students to become competent nursing professionals. She has recently joined the faculty as an assistant professor at The College of New Jersey and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner, providing primary healthcare to children and adults. Dr. Atkins program of research focuses on addressing the health needs of vulnerable disadvantaged mothers and encourages the adoption of healthy behaviors, such as physical activity and mindfulness meditation in vulnerable women, children and families. Dr. Atkins has published her research in premier nursing journals and has presented it nationally raising awareness about the factors influencing the mental and physical health of vulnerable under resourced populations. In recognition of her dedication to nursing education, scholarship, and research she has earned numerous awards including the Veronica Clark-Tasker EOF Alumni Research Award, the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Tau Chapter Excellence in Research Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Preparation Certificate, and the International Sigma Theta Tau Rising Star Recognition.

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