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Kathleen (Katie) Johnson DNP, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC, FNASN

Affiliate Instructor
National Association of School Nurses National Standardized Dataset: Every Student Counts! Advisory Board
NASN School Nurse Editorial Board
School Nurse Organization of Washington Legislative Committee

Kathleen Johnson, DNP, RN, NCSN, APHN-BC, FNASN has 25 years of nursing experience including over 15 in a variety of school nursing roles at the local, state and national level. She has a doctorate in Community Health Systems Nursing and is nationally board certified in both school nursing and advanced practice public health nursing. She has worked as a school nurse providing direct care to students in low income schools, as Interim the State School Nurse Consultant at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction advising the Superintendent on school health policy and care delivery issues, and as Health Services Manager of the largest school district in Washington State supervising 90 nurses in the delivery of care to 54,000 students in an diverse, urban setting and managing the delivery of that care in over 100 programs. Before her work in schools, Dr. Johnson worked as a staff and charge nurse in a Burn ICU and with Visiting Nurse Services. She has received multiple honors recognizing her contributions to school nursing including March of Dimes Distinguished Nurse of the Year, National Board-Certified School Nurse of the Year, School Nurse Administrator of the Year, and as a Fellow in both the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program and the National Academy of School Nurses.

Dr. Johnson has been blessed with multiple opportunities to deepen her connections to and advance the work of school nurses at the state and national level including service as Exam Co-Chair and Secretary of the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses, NASN Governing Director for the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, Chair of the NASN Informatics Advisory Committee, Washington Immunization Registry School Module Advisory Committee, and the Washington Nursing Action Coalition. She remains active in school nursing circles supporting Puget Sound School Nurse Leaders, the Legislative Committee of the School Nurse Organization of Washington, NASN Research Advisory Committee, NASN School Nurse Editorial Board and the NASN Stand.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Dr. Johnson conducted interviews with a national sample of school health program managers and observations of school health services models were conducted to clarify factors that support leadership, professional development, staffing, evidence-based practice, and structural empowerment. Model exemplars of these factors in current school health delivery systems were identified with a goal of establishing practice delivery benchmarks. In a unique PhD/DNP collaboration, Dr. Johnson is conducting preliminary research on the communication processes around the care of students with Type I Diabetes in the school setting. She is an architect of a National Association of School Nurses project designed to capture standardized data on the needs of school aged children and the ways in which school nurses meet those needs to promote equitable access to their education known as Step Up! Be Counted and National Standardized Dataset: Every Student Counts! These programs are focused on building the capacity of front-line school nurses to collect, analyze and report on the data they collect on the health needs of their students to promote the development of evidence for practice, research and policy. She currently teaches Community Health Nursing at the University of Washington Seattle for the BSN and DNP students with a focus on building equitable systems of care in the community setting.


  • Population Health – Psychosocial and Community Health Nursing


  • DNP – Community Health Systems Nursing University of Washington Seattle 2013
  • MN – Leadership Focus University of Washington Bothell 2009
  • BSN – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 1977

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

  • National Academy of School Nursing Fellow 2016 for unique, extraordinary contributions to school nursing
  • Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow 2014
  • Johnson & Johnson School Health Fellow 2013
  • School Nurse Administrator of the Year 2016 School Nurse Organization of Washington for administrative leadership, staff professional development, professional advocacy, community involvement & research
  • National Association of School Nursing President’s Recognition Award 2016 for development of national uniform school nurse data set
  • Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care 2013 – as supervisor of Washington State School Nurse Corps for exceptional quality and value in school in health services delivery
  • National Board-Certified School Nurse of the Year 2013
  • National Association of School Nurses Research Award 2012 – School health data collection: The wisdom of school nurse administrators
  • Washington State March of Dimes Distinguished Nurse of the Year 2010 for advancing the care of school children with the use of electronic documentation systems.

What classes do you teach?

  • NCLIN 409 Partnerships for Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 576 Program Planning for Health Systems and Multicultural Communities
  • NSG 556 Assessment and Collaboration with Communities, Populations and Systems
  • NCLIN 516 Advanced Clinical Practicum Community Health Systems Nursing
  • NCLIN 517 Advanced Clinical Practicum Community Health Systems Nursing


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
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