Linda L. Mendonca

2019 NASN Elections

Candidate Data and Statement of View

President Elect

Linda L. Mendonca, MSN, NCSN, PHNA-BC, FNASN

Linda Mendonca

Current NASN Affiliate: Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teacher Association (RICSNTA)

Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: Administration/Management, Consultant, Educator, School Nurse, Secondary, Postsecondary

Education: RUSH University, Chicago, IL, Advanced Public Health Nursing, MSN/2013; Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA, School Nursing, MEd/2003; Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Nursing, BSN/1983

Awards, Achievements, and Honors: Fellow National Academy of School Nurses, 2017; NASN President’s Recognition Award, 2016; RI Monthly Nursing Excellence Award – Non‐Traditional Setting, 2015; Healthy Schools Campaign School Nurse Leadership Award – Honorable Mention, 2015; ANA‐RI Certificate of Excellence in Public Health Nursing, 2015; Pawtucket Prevention Coalition Academy Award, 2011; Governor’s Wellness Citation for “Get Up and Go” Morning Physical Activity Program, 2009; Fellow Johnson and Johnson School Health Leadership Program, 2009; RI School Nurse – Teacher of the Year, 2008

Employment: Rhode Island College School of Nursing, Assistant Professor Community/Public Health Nursing, August 2016 – Present: Currently teach undergraduate nursing students community/public health nursing in both the classroom and clinical setting. The student’s clinical experience includes placements in school nurse offices in PK‐12. Starting in June of 2016 I assumed the role for part‐time (30hrs/month) state school nurse consultant at the RI Department of Health. This is a newly created position for RI and allows me to share my school nursing expertise as a leader at the state level.

Other Significant Positions Held: Certified School Nurse – Teacher, Pawtucket School Department, Pawtucket, RI, 2001‐2016; Certified School Nurse, Wall Primary School, Wall, NJ, 1998‐2000; Certified School Nurse, Waukegan Public School District #60, Waukegan, IL, 1994‐1997

Present NASN Offices/Appointments: NA

Past NASN Offices/Appointments: Board Member (RI representative), January 2007 – January 2011; Appointed to Executive Committee, January 2009 – January 2011; Nominating Committee Member, June 2012 – June 2014; National Uniform School Health Dataset Committee (Representing NASN), March 2013 – March 2017

Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Leadership Development, May 2015 ‐ Present

Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Committee Member: RICSNT Health Education Committee, September 2002 – May 2004; Co Chair: New England Conference Committee, May 2004 – May 2007; President, May 2011 – May 2014; Past President, May 2014 – May 2015

Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: Chair Asthma Coalition School Subcommittee, 2011; American Lung Association RI Leadership Board Member, 2008 (Chair, 2010 – 2012); Northeast Lung Association Board Member, 2013; Healthy Schools Network Board Member, 2013 – 2016 (Vice President, 2016); ANA‐RI Government Affairs Committee, 2009 (Chair, 2016); ANA‐RI Environmental Health Subcommittee Member, 2011

Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: Committee Member: RI Lung Association School Nurse‐Teacher Task Group, 2001 – 2003; Co‐Chair: RI Department of Health Diabetes School Nurse‐Teacher Task Group, 2002‐2006; Chair: St Joseph Hospital SON Alumni Continuing Education Committee, 2003 – 2005; President: St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, 2004 – 2009; ANA‐RI Board Member, 2004 – 2008; ANA‐RI Secretary, 2008 ‐ 2010

Publications Significant to School Nursing:

Mendonca, L., Minchella, L., Selser, K., Soria, Sl, Teskey, C., Wattigny, C., & Butler, S. (2009). Immigrant and Refugee Youth: Challenges and Opportunities for the School Nurse. NASN School Nurse, (24), 250‐252.

Patrick, K., Mendonca, L.L., Maughan, E.D., Wolfe, L.C., Dewey Bergren, M., Johnson, K.H., Gerdes, J., Watts E., Pontius, D.J., & Cole, M. (2014). National Standardized Data Set for School Health Services: Step Up and Be Counted!. NASN School Nurse, 29(5), 236‐240.

Maughan, E.D., Johnson, K.H., Bergren, M.D., Wolfe, L.C., Cole, M., Pontius, D.J., Watts E., Gerdes, J., Mendonca, L.L., Patrick, K. (2014). National Standardized Data Set for School Health Services: Part 1 – Getting to Big Data. NASN School Nurse, 29(4), 182‐186.

Presentations Significant to School Nursing:

Understanding the Role of the State School Nurse Consultant, RICSNTA Conference, Providence, RI, April, 2017

Asthma and Climate Chaos in Schools, ANA‐RI Public Health Conference, Providence, RI, May 2015

The National Uniform Data Set: The Hummingbird Effect, NASN Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

Acculturation: Promoting Students to Assure Academic Success, New England School Nurse Conference, Newport, RI, May, 2014.

Cleaning for Health Webinar, Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago, IL, April, 2013

Research Significant to School Nursing: NASN/SSNC, 2013, National Uniform School Health Dataset Steering Committee

Statement of View:

NASN is critical to the practice of school nursing. Working on the goals of the strategic plan must be approached with creativity and thoughtfulness. Exploring ways to engage new members through social media and the latest technology is essential to ensure that our future leaders have the skills, knowledge and understanding of the evidence based practice of school nursing. NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice is an excellent tool for providing state of the art guidance for school nursing practice to engage members moving forward to be equipped to address the ever changing and challenging issues and needs of our nation’s children. School nurses must be ready and proactive in their upstream approach to tackling these difficult challenges.

Our voice must be heard through our advocacy efforts to fulfill NASN’s vision that every child is healthy, safe and ready to learn. Another one of NASN’s strategic plan goals is research. It is imperative that our practice is utilizing data to drive decision making and policy change to better understand and improve student outcomes.

An important challenge for NASN is understanding how school nursing fits into the nation’s health care system. With a focus on health care moving into the community what impact can the practice of school nursing have on the health of children? It will be important moving forward to be very mindful how the practice of school nursing fits into this national healthcare puzzle.

If elected President‐Elect I will work closely with the President to help lead this organization in a forward thinking direction to achieve NASN’s mission, vision and strategic goals. My passion for the practice of school nursing has provided me with the necessary leadership skills to drive this work forward.

This President Elect candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.