Susan Nokleby

2019 NASN Elections

Candidate Data and Statement of View

President Elect

Susan Nokleby, MS, RN, LSN, NCSN

Susan Nokleby

Current NASN Affiliate: School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)

Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: School Nurse

Education: University of North Dakota, Nursing‐Parent/Child, MS, 1999; Bemidji State University, Nursing, BS, 1996; University of Minnesota, Health Informatics Certificate, 2013

Awards, Achievements, and Honors: NASN Recognition Award, 2017; Education Policy Fellowship Program, 2016; Johnson and Johnson School Health Fellow, 2014; Avanti Employee of the Month, 2010; Nominated for Bemidji School Schools Teacher of the Year, 2010; Minnesota School Nurse Administrator, 2009; Toastmasters’ Regional Humorous Speaker, 2000; Jean Currey Research Award, 1999

Employment: Intermediate School District #287, School Nurse, August 2012: School nurse in the West Education Center (Federal Level 4 Setting, Transitional Program, Alternative Learning Center, Customized Programs). Our students are in one of six programs: Transitional, Alternative learning, Chemical dependency treatment, behavioral support High School, and two emotional support programs (one with 1:1 staffing and the other with program staffing). The 12 member districts refer students to Intermediate School District #287, when they do not have adequate resources for the students or the students need more intense staffing.

Demographic the students of our school: 50% are in special education, 66% are on free or reduced lunch, and 60% are students of color. West Education Center is a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support School. Students are rarely expelled or suspended. Our philosophy includes keeping students in school and providing restitution and trauma informed care.

  • Triage and treat injuries and illness of students
  • Coordinate care for students with chronic health needs
  • Medication administration and management
  • Educate students in self care
  • Participate in IEP/504 assessments and meetings
  • Participate in Mental Health and Safety Teams
  • Communicate with parents/guardians, providers and school staff
  • Submit documentation for third party billing
  • Collaborate with other ISD# 287 school nurses in a Professional Learning Community

Other Significant Positions Held: Residential/School Nurse, Avanti Residential Treatment Center, 2010 – 2012; School Nurse, Bemidji Area Schools, 2001 – 2010; Faculty, Bemidji State University, 1998 – 2007

Present NASN Offices/Appointments:NA

Past NASN Offices/Appointments: NA

Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: President of SNOM, 2016 ‐ 2018

Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: Conference Committee, 2016 – Present; Legislative Committee, 2012 – Present; Award Committee Chair, 2012 – 2014; Research Committee Chair, 2011; Newsletter Editor, 2001 ‐ 2010

Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: Fairview Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Board member, 2015 ‐ 2018

Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN), 2009 – 2015; NBCSN President, 2012 – 2015; NBCSN Vice‐President, 2010 – 2012

Publications Significant to School Nursing:

American Nurses Association (ANA), & National Association of School Nurses (NASN). (2017) School nursing: Scopes and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Silver Springs, MD: ANA & NASN. (NASN Working Group member)

Little, M.M., Eischens, S., Martin, M.J., Nokleby, S., Palombi, L.C., Van Kirk, C., van Risseghem, J., Wen, Y.F., Koziol Wazniak, J., Yoney, E. & Seifert, R. (2018). Medication management in Minnesota schools: The need for school nurse‐pharmacist partnerships. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 58(1), 67‐72. Retrieved from

Nokleby, S. (2017). Homeless students with special health needs. In S. Will, M.W. Arnold, & D.S. Zaiger (Eds). Individualized healthcare plans for the school nurse (2nd ed.) (79‐93). Forest Lake, MN: Sunrise River Press.

Presentations Significant to School Nursing:

School Nurse Role in Student Mental Health, Minnesota Legislative Educational Finance Committee, 2018

The Future of School Nursing and National Certification, NASN Conference, 2015

Engaging School Nurses’ Voices, NASN Conference, 2013

NBCSN Role Delineation Study, NASN Conference, 2013

Nursing Leadership, Tomsk, Russia, 2002

Research Significant to School Nursing: NA

Statement of View:

NASN celebrates the first 50 years with a view to the future. Over 50 years, school nursing has evolved dramatically. How will NASN meet new challenges? How do school nurses incorporate the Framework for the 21st Century Nursing Practice to improve the lives of our children?

Health and social disparities have contributed to increasing needs of children. Research will validate the importance of school nursing for student outcomes. Membership is vital to NASN’s Vision. Increasing diversity in the school nursing ranks is critical to reflect the student population. Guaranteeing an educated future workforce and developing leaders is essential to move NASN forward. Funding for school nurse positions needs attention, including Medicaid billing by all school nurses.

I am a collaborative leader, open to listening to ideas and finding opportunities to enrich NASN with innovative ideas.

I will work hard to:

  • Encourage research to validate the role of school nursing on student outcomes;
  • Advocate for partnerships with the common purpose to improve the lives of children;
  • Discover new benefits NASN can provide which will enhance value to members and expand membership;
  • Develop strategies to recruit a diverse workforce‐younger nurses, nurses of color and male nurses; and
  • Inspire more leaders to come forward by offering leadership development and promoting service on NASN and/or affiliate boards and committees.

As President of NBCSN and SNOM, I have experience in leading organizations through significant change. In the role of President Elect, I will support the President’s initiatives and help implement NASN’s strategic plan. As President, I would look forward to guiding NASN into the next 50 years by focusing on and supporting NASN’s Mission to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

This President Elect candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.