Kathleen Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, NCSN

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  • 2014 Fellow
    Kathleen Johnson


Seattle Public Schools

Seattle, WA

Kathleen (Katie) Johnson is the Student Health Services Manager for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) supervising a team of 70 nurses as direct reports.  SPS is the largest school district in Washington State serving over 51,000 students in 95 schools in a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Previously, Dr. Johnson was 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 and nursing informatics. 

Dr. Johnson was selected as a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow in 2013 and is the National Board Certified School Nurse of the Year in 2013. She 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 the Chairperson of the National Association of School Nurses Informatics Advisory Committee, as well as a reviewer for the Journal of School Nursing, and the 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; informatics organizations, 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.