HomeFellows & AlumniFellow BiographiesKATHLEEN JOHNSON, DNP, RN, NCSN, FNASN

  • 2014 Fellow

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Washington School of Nursing

Everett, WA

Kathleen (Katie) Johnson is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  Previously she was the Student Health Services Manager for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) supervising a team of 90 nurses as direct reports serving the largest school district in Washington State with 54,000 students in 97 schools in a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Dr. Johnson also served as the Interim Health Services Supervisor (School Nurse Consultant) for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (department of education).  She was a school nurse for 9 years in the Edmonds School District, and has worked as a visiting nurse and in a Burn ICU.

Dr. Johnson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Advanced Practice Community Health Systems Nursing from the University of Washington Seattle where her research focused on school health data in Washington State and nationally.  Previously she earned a Master of Nursing at the University of Washington Bothell, and earned her BSN at the University of Rochester, NY. She is national board certified in school nursing. 

Dr. Johnson was honored as a Fellow in the National Academy of School Nursing, a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow in 2013 and is the National Board Certified School Nurse of the Year in 2013. She was named Washington State School Nurse Administrator of the Year, and was honored by the Washington State March of Dimes as Distinguished Nurse of the Year in 2010, and was awarded the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Research Award in 2012 for her research on school health data collection in Washington State and nationally “School Health Data Collection: The Wisdom of School Nurse Administrators.”

Katie has published on school nursing and informatics in national peer reviewed journals on the topic of school health documentation. She presents regularly at the NASN Conference on topics related to school health data documentation, and at the Washington State School Nurse Organization of Washington Conferences.  She was a member of the Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards revision workgroup.  She is past Exam Co-Chair and Secretary of the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses and is a founding member of the Steering Committee and Leadership Team for the National Associatnoi of School Nurses Step Up Be Counted - an initiative to collect nationally standardized data on school health services.  She is a reviewer for the e American Public Health Association (APHA) School Health Education and Services Section (SHES) Conference. She is a member of state and national school nursing professional organizations; state and national nursing associations; Sigma Theta Tau; American Public Health Association; and has served on various Washington State data coding committees.  Katie’s passion is facilitating efficient and effective school health services to support the health and well-being of our children.