2020 NASN Elections
Candidate Data and Statement of View
Carol Ward, RN, MSN, NCSN
Current NASN Affiliate: West Virginia Association of School Nurses (WVASN)
Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: School Nurse (Elementary and Secondary)
Education: Western Governor’s University, Nursing Education, MSN, 2013; West Virginia Wesleyan College, Nursing, BSN, 1991; Fairmont State University, Nursing, AND, 1982
Awards, Achievements, and Honors: West Virginia School Nurse of the Year, National Certified School Nurse, Sigma Theta Tau, National Association of School Nurses, WVLearns Facilitator, West Virginia Association of School Nurses New School Nurse Instructor
Employment: Harrison County Board of Education, RN, School Nurse, 1998 - Present: I service two elementary schools and one middle school.
- Provide direct student care and management of students with acute and chronic health conditions.
- Develop individual health care plans and emergency action plans for students with chronic health conditions.
- Provide education to promote health to students, parents, staff, and personnel.
- Provide student screenings and referrals.
- Develop policies, procedures, and protocols for school health services.
- Provide leadership on the health service team in schools and the community.
- Serve as liaison and advocate between students, personnel, medical providers, and family.
Other Significant Positions Held: Pediatric Staff Nurse, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital, 2008; Adjunct Nursing Professor, Salem University; Adjunct Nursing Professor, Davis & Elkins College
Present NASN Offices/Appointments: NA
Past NASN Offices/Appointments: Endowment Fundraising Committee Co-Chair, 2017 – 2018; Endowment Fundraising Committee, 2016; Board of Directors, 2015 – 2018; Strategic Programs Committee, 2015 - 2018
Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Treasurer, 2019 - Present
Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Past President, 2011; President, 2008 – 2010; President Elect, 2007
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). Bullying and Cyperbulling-Prevention in Schools (Position Statement). Silver Springs, MD: Rebowe,D., Ward, C., Wheeler, J.
National Association of School Nurses, (2018). School-located Vaccinations (Position Statement). Silver Springs, MD: Fioravanti,M., Ward, C.
National Association of School Nurses, (2017). Endowment Fundraising Activities. Silver Springs, MD; Rebowe,D., Ward, C.
Rebowe, D., Ward, C. (2018, June). National Association of School Nurses 2018 Endowment Fundraising Activities. NASN School Nurses, vol. 33, (4), pp 209.
Rebowe, D., Ward, C. (2017, August). National Association of School Nurses 2017 Endowment Fundraising. NASN School Nurses, vol. 32 (5), pp 281-282.
Rebowe, D., Ward, C. (2017, July). National Association of School Nurses 2017 Endowment Fundraising Activities. NASN School Nurses, vo.32 (4), pp 211.
Presentations Significant to School Nursing:
Haapala,L., Ward,C. (2019). School Nurse National Certification. Presented at: Kids Strong Conference, Charleston, WV.
Sperry,J., Ward,C. (2017). School Nurse Health Consultant Service. Presented at: Harrison County Board of Education Area Superintendant’s Meeting, Clarksburg, WV
Sperry,J., Ward,C. (2019). Emergency Action Plans. Presented at: Kids Strong Conference, Charleston, WV.
Research Significant to School Nursing: NA
Statement of View:
The shortage of registered nursing staff in the public-school setting is alarming. This disturbing issue not only affects districts, it also affects every state in the nation. Unfortunately, the population of professional nursing staff is disproportionate to the growing number of students with chronic health needs.
Funding is a major deterrent and may be the most single reason why school nurses are being shared within districts and additional school nurses are not being hired. Federal, state and local funding are funding sources schools receive for their budget. This funding can be more or less depending upon the state or region you live in. Certain districts and states adequately fund for school nurses, however, the need for a school nurse in every school, every day is still missing. Because student health care needs are rising, more work to fund school nurses is necessary. The National Association of School Nurse staff and board of directors have done outstanding work with congress for a bill for under-resourced schools to increase school nurses through Title I.
Consequently, as school nurses are shared and caseloads increase, non-medical personnel are caring for student’s medical health care needs, thus, acting in the role of the school nurse. The school nurse’s role is crucial in providing health services to students with acute and chronic health care conditions. While the conditions are becoming more complex, the absence of a school nurse put students at risk and could easily result in an undesirable and tragic outcome.
The lack of school nurses is a critical problem. As the National Association of School Nurses vice president, I will advocate for a school nurse to be present in every school all day, every day to ensure students are healthy, safe and ready to learn. I understand the crisis and having a voice is a strong component of making change.
This Vice President candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.