Earlier this year, Manager of Health & Medical Services Gwen Johnson was honored for her work at the local level by the Houston Chronicle during its annual Salute to Nurses. Now, she is getting recognition at the state level as the Texas School Nurse Organization’s 2014 School Nurse Administrator of the Year.
Johnson was nominated for the award by Lisa Blackmon-Jones, a nurse specialist in Health & Medical Services.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Gwen as a fellow school nurse in the role as peer, but also as my administrator,” explained Bellaire High School Nurse Chanthini Thomas, who also serves as the Region IV president of the Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO). “I have personally witnessed her professionalism, her presence in situations, and her communication skills throughout the years.”
“Gwen is the epitome of what a school nurse administrator should be,” added Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek Intermediate School nurse Diana Rios-Rodriguez, who serves as the TSNO nominations coordinator. “I have had the opportunity to see Gwen in action, and I learn something new every time. It motivates me to be a better school nurse and nurse administrator.”
“Gwen has always been the gold standard in nurse administration,” said April Weisedel, a nurse specialist in Pasadena ISD. “She embodies integrity, responsibility, and ambition. Gwen’s unique approach to incorporating health services into the academic arena is a model for all administrators to follow.”
Johnson will be formally recognized at the TSNO’s annual conference in Houston on Nov. 15, 2014. To read more about why she was selected, please see this related article.