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NASN Elections 2017
Candidate Data and Statement of View
Judith Ann Morgitan, M.Ed, BSN, RN, CSN
Current NASN Affiliate
Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP)
Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area
School Nurse, Elementary and Secondary
Eastern University, Master’s Degree in Health Education, 1994
Wagner College, Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1975
Awards, Achievements, and Honors
Healthy Schools Campaign - Outstanding Mental Health Champion Award, May 2016
Gwynedd-Mercy College School of Nursing, Nursing Excellence Award, May 2009
Pennsylvania Department of Education Specialist, School Nurse Certification, 1994-Present
Perkiomen Valley School District, Coordinator/Department Chairperson Health Services and Certified School Nurse, Perkiomen Valley High School, 1998-Present
As the Coordinator/Chair for Perkiomen Valley School District’s Health Services department, my responsibilities include addressing the health needs and concerns fo the PVSD school community including coordination and delivery of PA’s mandated school health program for elementary and secondary level students; assisting in the formulation of health policies; conducting monthly department meetings; working with Staff Development Coordinator in providing appropriate in-service education for nursing staff, professional and paraprofessional staff, bus drivers, food service personnel on student health issues; assisting in selecting new department personnel and their orientation along with substitute nurses; serving as mentor for new nurse employees; developing annual health services budget and reviewing all budget requests. I serve as Chairperson of the Student Health Advisory Council, District Blood Drive Coordinator, am a member of the Safety Committee and Professional Development Committee. In addition, I am the Certified School Nurse at Perkiomen Valley High School. My responsibilities include coordinating and delivering state mandated school health services to approximately 1,890 students ninth through twelfth grades. In addition, I am a member of the Student Assistance Team, Community Connect Team, Mental Health Crisis Team and health educator for specific curriculum topics in high school health classes.
Other Significant Positions Held
Adjunct Professor, Eastern University, St. David’s, PA, 2016 - Present
Certified School Nurse, Phoenixville Area School District, Phoenixville, PA, 1987-1998
Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1979-1981
Present NASN Offices/Appointments
None at present
Past NASN Offices/Appointments
Pennsylvania (PA) NASN Director, 2009-2014
NASN Strategic Plan Steering Committee, 2013
NASN Executive Board, 2011-2013
NASN Executive Board Strategic Committee – Governance, Co-Leader, 2011-2013
Public Relations/Advocacy, 2010-2011
NASN Nominating Committee – 2010-2011
NASN Strategic Committee assignments – Governance, 2009-2010
Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments
PASNAP President, 2015-Present
Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments
PASNAP President Elect/Conference Coordinator, 2013-2015
PA NASN Director, 2009-2014
PASNAP Southeast Region Representative, 2008-2009
PASNAP Public Relations Chair, 2000-2002
PASNAP Newsletter Editor, 1997-2000
Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations
PA State Education Association School Nurse Section Past-President, 2014-Present
PA State Education Association Department of Pupil Services President, 2011-Present
Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations
PA State Education Association Department of Pupil Services Vice President, 2006-2011
Montgomery County School Nurses Association President, 2005-2011
PA State Education Association School Nurse Section President, 2002-2004
Publications Significant to School Nursing
National Association of School Nurses. (2014). School-sponsored before, after and extended school year programs: The role of the school nurse (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/643/School-Sponsored-Before-After-and-Extended-School-Year-Programs-The-Role-of-the-School-Nurse-Adopted
National Association of School Nurses. (2013). Drug testing in schools (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/568/Drug-Testing-in-Schools-Adopted-June-2013
National Association of School Nurses. (2012). Standardized nursing languages (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author. (Retired)
National Association of School Nurses. (2012). Chronic health conditions managed by school nurses (Position Statement). http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/17/Chronic-Health-Conditions-Managed-by-School-Nurses-Revised-January-2012
National Association of School Nurses. (2011). Role of the School Nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author. (Retired)
Presentations Significant to School Nursing
Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit Panel. (2013, August 22-23). Section 504 plans, individual education plans and individual health care plans for the allergic student. New York, New York.
18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Breakout Session. (2012, April 16). Beyond the surface of student complaints – The role of the school nurse. Washington, D.C.
National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Panel. (2012, March 11). Effective educators and support staff working with students. New York, New York.
6th Annual Pennsylvania State Education Association Department of Pupil Services Conference Breakout Session. (2006, August 4). American nurses’ association food safety in schools program. State College, PA.
Pennsylvania State Education Association Mid-eastern Region Fall Leadership Conference Breakout Session. (2005, November 9). Student health issues. Seaview, N.J.
Research Significant to School Nursing
None at present
Statement of View
I have a PASSION for school nursing, am equally passionate about NASN and very humbled to be a candidate for President Elect. I am PROUD to be a school nurse! With 29 years of school nursing experience, serving as a past NASN State Director and past NASN Executive Board member, I clearly understand NASN’s mission. Leading the transformation of school health is NASN’s vision and I want to be part of that plan!
Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Membership growth must continue if NASN is to remain a lifeline to all school nurses and school nurse associations in our nation. My focus will be utilizing member to member contact and our latest technological communication to engage new and retain current members, including all partners at different levels of school nursing. Increasing support to our state affiliates will also promote member involvement and the development of future NASN leaders.
Advocacy and collaboration with other professional organizations must be a continuing process if our goal of school nurse funding is to become a future reality. We need to be recognized and funded as the healthcare provider that we are for our students. Utilizing pertinent research and available finances will also allow us to continue providing evidence based guidelines, position documents and publications specific to our school nursing practice. All of these efforts will promote school nurse positions and move us closer to accomplishing our recommended 1:750 ratio.
Reality tells us that each NASN goal is a challenge but that does not mean it is unattainable. I am ready and willing to serve as your President Elect, working with you and for you to achieve our goals. Together we can!
This President Elect candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.