Dr. Kate King received her BSN from the University of Akron (1982); her MS-Major in Nursing from The Ohio State University (1990); and her DNP from Otterbein University (2019). Her educational and professional specialties include community health, adolescent psychiatric nursing, and school health legislation. Her doctoral work focused on her passion for Creating Voice in School Nurses through Increasing Self Efficacy. She has been employed as a School Nurse at Columbus City Schools since 2002 and is presently the Director of Health, Family and Community Services for CCS, which is the largest school district in the state of Ohio with over 51,000 students and 110 School Nurses.
Kate was Ohio’s NASN Director, a past president of OASN and currently serves on the OASN Legislative Committee. Her positions with the NASN included seats on the Executive Committee, Endowment Advisory Committee, Bylaws Committee, and Endowment Fundraising Committee. She was chair of the NASN Strategic Research Committee. Kate was an Assistant Professor at the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing and Adjunct Faculty in the Ohio State University School Nurse Licensure Program. She has authored numerous publications and presentations, the most recent of which include: School Violence – The Role of the School Nurse (2018); Supporting Scheduled Recess (2019); Creating Voice in School Nurses through Increasing Self-Efficacy (2018); School Nurses and Public Health (2019); FERPA: The Other “F” Word (2019); and, The Heart-Led Leader: Applications to School Nurses (2020).
In addition to managing her district’s health services, she provides expertise and consultation statewide. When schools were flooded with information, she collaborated with school health leaders across Ohio to produce a document giving Covid-19 best practice recommendations to Ohio school administrators working to optimize the health and safety of students, staff, and families. Kate is an exceptional school nurse, health services administrator, and transformational leader.