Manager of Health & Medical Services named School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Gwendolyn Jonson poses for a photograph, May 5, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Gwendolyn Johnson

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.

11 thoughts on “Manager of Health & Medical Services named School Nurse Administrator of the Year

  1. Mary Carolyn Dones

    Congradulation Ms. Gwen Johnson. You are so deserving of being our School Nurse Administrator. Your picture is beautiful.

    Ms. Dones, RN/BSN
    Grissom Elementary School

  2. Casie Mair-Miley

    If ever anyone deserved recognition for their work, Ms. Johnson truly deserves this award! She wholly embodies all the characteristics of an ideal administrator, and I am always grateful for her endless support and tireless patience! This woman is SUCH an inspiration!

  3. Deborah Blocker

    Congratulations, Ms. Johnson. You are so deserving of this honor. Even though I no longer work in Health & Medical Services (almost 10 years) you always have time for me when I have questions about personal illness and directing me to the right medical professionals. You are exceptional and I just want you to know how proud I am to have worked under you and served with you.

  4. Susan Kaler

    We are so proud of you, Gwen! Thank you for all you do to support our nurses and students, we are blessed to have you on Team HISD 🙂

  5. Cindy Rodriguez

    Congrats Ms. Johnson! I am so very proud of you. You truly deserve this recognition. Thank you for all of your love and support. You inspire us with your knowledge, kindness and love of our profession.

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