Claire Molner

2020 NASN Elections

Candidate Data and Statement of View

Nominating Committee

Claire Molner, RN, NCSN

Claire Molner

Current NASN Affiliate: Vermont State School Nurse’s Association (VSSNA)

Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: Educator, School Nurse (Secondary)

Education: Cambridge College, Concentration in School Nurse Practice, MEd, 2009; Boston University, Biology with concentration in bacteriology/virology, BS, 1978; County College of Morris, Nursing, 1980

Awards, Achievements, and Honors: VSSNA School Nurse of the Year, 2013; Excellence in Nursing, 2014

Employment: Proctor Junior Senior High School, School Nurse/Health Educator,1999-present: School nurse for 7-12 grade in small town, Health Educator for middle and high school, Crisis Team chair, responsibilities include writing the school crisis plan, instructing staff in ALICE training/ technique, co writer suicide prevention/protocol, staff training, Member Educational Support Team, Child Protection Team, PrHS PLC committee

Other Significant Positions Held: School Nurse, Waits River Valley School, 1993-1999; Staff Nurse Pediatrics/Maternity, 1990-1993; Staff Nurse, Mousetrap Pediatrics, 1988-1993

Present NASN Offices/Appointments: NA

Past NASN Offices/Appointments: Board of Directors, 2015 - 2019

Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Membership Chair, 2019

Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Conference Chair, 2004 – 2014; District Representative, 2003 - 2004

Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: NA

Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations:  NA

Publications Significant to School Nursing:

National Association of School Nurses. (2018). IDEIA and Section 504 teams - The school nurse as an essential member (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

National Association of School Nurses. (2019). Transition planning for students with healthcare needs (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

Presentations Significant to School Nursing:

NA

Research Significant to School Nursing: NA

Statement of View:

Students, and the adults who care for them, are contending with an unprecedented number of social, medical, and environmental challenges: access to medical care, social determinants of health, changing demographics, and a host of other changes within the educational system that affect student well-being. The profession of school nursing is contending with all of these issues, within the challenge of working in both the educational and medical worlds. In order for us to be “leaders who bridge health care and education” as our definition of school nursing states, we need strong leadership to respond to these challenges. In my email this morning there was an article about the school nurse shortage. I was in a discussion last week with my association board of directors about declining association membership, and the need for people to take on leadership positions. I believe this is one of the biggest challenges facing our association: the lack of nurses able to serve and advocate for their professional associations. The Nominating Committee has a responsibility to find qualified candidates capable of leading school nursing, our schools, students, and communities through these challenges. I take that responsibility seriously and am committed to seeking the candidates capable of working with diverse stakeholders, to find common ground, and who will serve this organization and the children it represents. Thank you for your consideration.

This Nominating Committee candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.