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2017 Election Combe    March 26, 2017

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NASN Elections 2017

Candidate Data and Statement of View

President Elect

Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN

Current NASN Affiliate

Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO)

Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area


School Nurse, Elementary and Secondary


Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing, Nursing, Master of Nursing, 1980

Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science Nursing, 1976

Awards, Achievements, and Honors

Louisiana Student Nurses Association – Jo Ellen Smith Student Nurse of the State Award

Louisiana State University Association of School Nurses (Undergraduate), President, Vice-President

Louisiana State University Medical Center Nursing School (Graduate), Student Body President

Louisiana State University Medical Center Graduate Nursing Program, Outstanding Student

Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society

Strack Intermediate School, Campus Support Employee of the Year

Klein Forest High School, Campus Support Employee of the Year

Johnson & Johnson School Health Fellow

Klein Independent School District, Professional Support Employee of the Year


Klein Independent School District, Health Services Coordinator, 2005-Present

I have served as the Health Services Coordinator for the 47-school/50,000-student Klein Independent School District since 2005. I am responsible for supervision of the 110 member Health Services staff; general education homebound education; pregnancy related services; $200,000 Health Services budget; district AED program; planning in-district school nurse specific CNE; and school nurse leadership development via shared governance committees for professional development, standards, electronic health record super users, communication, and mentorship. I write and manage grants, develop and monitor evidence-based policy and procedures, and serve as a liaison to multiple organizations. Among the organizations I serve as a liaison are the Texas Department of State Health Services, Harris County Public Health School Health Leadership Group, Harris County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Texas Region 4 Educational Service Center School Nurse Leader Advisory Group and the Greater Houston Area School Nurse Leadership Alliance.

Other Significant Positions Held

School Nurse, Klein Independent School District, Klein Forest High School, 2002-2005 and Strack Intermediate School, 1993-2002

Nurse Educator, Mental Health Course Chair, Touro Infirmary School of Nursing, 1980-1987

Staff RN Adolescent In-Patient Unit, River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, 1976-1978

Present NASN Offices/Appointments

NASN Executive Committee, 2015-2017

NASN Strategic Committee for Governance Co-Chair, 2015-2017

Texas (TX) NASN Director, 2013-2017

NASN Representative to Institute of Pediatric Nursing Choosing Wisely workgroup, 2016-Present

Past NASN Offices/Appointments

NASN Endowment Fundraising Committee Co-Chair, 2014-2015

NASN Strategic Committee for Research, 2014-2015

NASN Strategic Programs/Membership Committee, 2012-2014

Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments

TX NASN Director, 2013-2017

TSNO Executive Committee Representative to Texas Department of State Health Services ad hoc committee to develop/deploy/present CNE Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics for School Nurses, 2013-2017

Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments:

TX NASN Director, 2011-2013

TSNO Professional Development Committee member, 2010-2015

TSNO School Health Issues Chair, 2010-2011

TSNO School Health Issues Committee member, 2009-2010

TSNO Representative to Texas Department of State Health Services ad hoc Committee for development of Guidelines for the Care of Children at Risk for Anaphylaxis Related to Food Allergy, 2011

TSNO Annual Conference Site Chair, 2006-2007

Texas School Nurse Organization Region IV (TSNO 4) Belle Blackwell Annual Conference for School Nurses, 2010-2011

TSNO 4 Nominations Committee member, 2009-2010

TSNO 4 Vice President, 2008-2009

TSNO 4 Nurse Planner for New Asthma Guidelines CNE offering, 2007-2008

Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations

Texas School Nurse Administrators Association, Planning Committee & Nurse Planner for Annual Conference, 2015-2016

Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations

Texas School Nurse Administrators Association Planning Committee & Nurse Planner for Annual Conference, 2009-2010

Publications Significant to School Nursing

Galemore, C.A., Bolwen, B., Combe, L.G., Ondeck, L., Porter, J. (2016). Whole school, whole community, whole child-calling school nurses to action. NASN School Nurse, 31(4), 217-223.

Combe, L.G. (2015). Texas school nurses organization. Texas Nurses Association: Texas Nursing Voice, 9(2), 3.

National Association of School Nurses. (2015). The patient protection and affordable care act: The role of the school nurse (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/802/The-Patient-Protection-and-Affordable-Care-Act-The-Role-of-the-School-Nurse-Adopted-January-2015

Combe, L.G., Bachman, M.B., Dolatowski, R., Endsley, P.E., Hassey, K., Maughan, E., Minchella, L., Shanks, B., Trefry, S., Zeno, E. (2015). School nurse workload: Students are more than just numbers. NASN School Nurse, 30(5), 284-288.

National Association of School Nurses. (2015) The complementary roles of the school nurse and school based health centers (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/46/School-Based-Health-Centers-The-Complementary-Roles-of-the-School-Nurse-and-Adopted-January-2015

Presentations Significant to School Nursing

Humble Independent School District Lecture. (2016, February 15). Nursing jurisprudence and ethics for texas school nurses. Houston, TX

Klein Independent School District Lecture. (2016, June 16). Nursing jurisprudence and ethics for texas school nurses. Houston, TX

National Association of School Nurses Podcast (2016, May 20). Whole school, whole community, whole child – calling school nurses to action. Silver Spring, MD.

NASN2016 Annual Conference Lecture (2016, July 2). Factors affecting staff retention within school nursing. Indianapolis, IN.

NASN2016 Annual Conference Lecture (2016, June 30). Optimizing student health through school nurse website messaging. Indianapolis, IN.

Research Significant to School Nursing

Klein Independent School District. (2012-2013). Adopting an evidence-based approach to pediculosis management: School nurse data collection of whole class pediculosis screening to document number of screenings, number of head louse infestations, aggregate time per class for screening and actual number of students with infestations. (Unpublished research). Clarke, Y. and Combe, L., Klein, TX.

Statement of View

Securing the health and learning of school children is central to the mission of NASN. NASN advocacy must focus on elimination of barriers such as limited health care access and social factors negatively impacting student’s health and ability to learn. As President-Elect, I will advocate for third party payment for all qualifying school nursing services for all insured students by utilizing data that demonstrates the cost benefits to health systems, school systems and family systems when a school nurse delivers health care.

I value all NASN members – new and long-standing, novice and experienced, early tech adopters and very late adopters, baby boomers to millennials. All of those school nurses serve NASN’s mission focus and their diversity brings great capacity to NASN in identifying both student and school nurse development needs. A multi-pronged approach to membership recruitment, engagement and retention will assist in growing a diverse membership that reflects the wide range of students we serve.

School nurse leadership development is critical to the NASN Mission. School nurses need support to hone their self-confidence, fuel their passion, control their destiny, cultivate their influence, and grow character, connectedness, compassion and commitment. As President-Elect, I will work with the President and Executive Director to capture and develop the skills of our members in support of student health and learning.

Environmental hazards and communicable disease outbreaks resulting from globalization threaten school community health. As President-Elect, I will work with NASN staff to provide swift support for front line school nurses responding to these health crises.

I am a school nurse leader with proven leadership development skills at the local, state and national levels. I am highly qualified to serve as President-Elect of the National Association of School Nurses. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.

This President Elect candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.

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