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Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson

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Katie grew up in a tiny town in upstate NY, earned her BSN at the University of Rochester, NY, and MN at the University of Washington, Bothell. She worked on a Medical floor, Burn ICU, Blood Center Pheresis Unit, and Respiratory Home Care before she became a school nurse.

Katie had a long career as a school nurse in the Edmonds School District where she also supported the Health Services Department in using their electronic documentation systems. School nurses care for students from every clinic in the most comprehensive health care facility and translate the health, safety and legal implications of chronic conditions in the education setting for non-health staff. There are huge disparities in resources for school health services in the US.

The frustration at the differences between and needs and resources led Katie to discover that there is a lack of solid data about school health services to not only describe the needs of their students, but also the ways in which school nurses intervene to support chronically ill and well students. To address this gap in data, her Master of Nursing project looked at the variables that some states used to report on school health with the end goal of developing a nationally standardized data collection system for school health. She worked closely with the Research Director of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support this project and presented the results at the NASN annual conference in June, 2010 and as a poster at the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics (SINI) in July. While she was at SINI, she learned about how health care reform is affecting the use of electronic health records and had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of School Nursing addressing the meaningful use of EHRs and the implications of this element of health care reform for school nursing and school health data collection.

Katie completed her DNP in Spring, 2013. She is working at the Department of Education.