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History

The Ohio Association of School Nurses (OASN) was organized in December, 1972 by the School Nurse Steering Committee. Peg Ruffner served as Acting Chairperson and swiftly took charge appointing committees and delegating assignments.

By January, 1972 the constitution was drafted, the dues structure formulated and plans laid for the first state-wide meeting. Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of these dedicated professionals, The Ohio Association of School Nurses became a reality.

In January, 1973 OASN's new constitution was adopted. Later, in that same year, Amended House Bill 341 was passed which required school nurses to be certified by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This action placed school nurses on a par with other certified education professionals.

OASN established affiliate status with the Ohio Education Association (OEA) in 1973 and continues to work together with OEA supporting the educational success of Ohio's school children.

The Ohio Association of School Nurses joined the Department of School Nurses (DSN) of the National Education Association (NEA) in 1973 as well. In 1978 the DSN separated from the NEA and became an independent association, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Peg Ruffner served as both Executive Director of NASN as well as President in its early days. OASN remains proudly affiliated with the National Association of School Nurses.


NASN Fellows
1999 Patricia Baum Central
2002 Betty Holton Southwest
2004 Susan Praeger Southwest
2004 Nancy Rini Central
2012 Nancy Mosca Northeast

NASN Presidents
1979-80 Peg Rufner Southwest
1993-94 Pat Baum Central

National School Nurse of the Year Honors 

(No longer awarded)

Diana Tirpak

NE

1994

Nancy Rini

C

1998

Norma Nikkola

SW

2007

Recipients of the OASN School Nurse of the Year Award.

Roberta Maloney

SW

1982-3

 

Evelyn Wisham

NE

1999-00

Miriam Alexander

NE

1983-4

 

Shery Bjerke

C

2000-01

Ann Ostermeyer

NE

1984-5

 

Kathy O’Dell

SW

2001-02

Pauline Keubler

NE

1985-6

 

Linda Miller

C

 2002-03

Gretchen Rice

C

1986-7

 

Gail Pohlman

SE

2003-04

Sue Will

SE

1987-8

 

Kathy Strasser

SW

2004-05

Pat Baum

C

1988-9

 

Debbie Strouse

C

2005-06

Bev Klitz

SW

1989-90

 

Norma Nikkola

SW

2006-07

Dian Partlow

SE

1990-1

 

Eva Garchar

SW

2007-08

Joy Wehagen

NE

1991-2

 

Aurelia Barney

NE

2008-09

Kathy Rowland

C

1992-3

 

Joan Keith

C

2009-10

Diana Tirpak

NE

1993-4

 

Heidi Steiner

NE

2010-11

Mary Jo McCandlish

C

1994-5

 

Carol Lynne O’Neil

C

2011-12

Linda Hilvert

SW

1995-6

 

Maureen Knowles

NW

2012-13

Betty Holton

SW

1996-7

 

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2013-14

Nancy Rini

C

1997-8

 

 Annette Scott

 

  2015

Opal Sherman

NW

1998-9

 

 Kim Carpenter

 

  2016

 

 

 


OASN Presidents
1974-75
Peg Rufner
Southwest
1975-76
Eliza Busenburg
Central
1976-77
Mildred Schwing
Southwest
1977-78
Ginny Leiter
Central
1978-80
Roberta Maloney
Southwest
1980-81
Pat Baum
Central
1981-82
Norma Miller
Northwest
1982-83
Lucy Price
Southeast
1983-84
JoAnn Fletcher-Rookard
Southwest
1984-85
Miriam Alexander
Northeast
1985-86
Christy Coupland
Central
1986-87
Gretchen Rice
Central
1987-88
Dian Partlow
Southeast
1988-89
Dee Phinney
Central
1989-90
Bev Klitz
Southwest
1990-91
Judy Davis
Northwest
1991-92
Betty Holton
Southwest
1992-93
Renee Besecker
Southwest
1993-94
Martha Carrick
Southwest
1994
Eloise Mason
Northeast
1994-96
Margaret Bodie
Northwest
1996-97
Diana Tirpak
Northeast
1997-98
Sherry Bjerke
Central
1998-99
Norma Nikkola
Southwest
1999-2000
Kathy O'Dell
Southwest
2000-2001
Heidi Steiner
Northeast
2001-2003
Mary Kiplinger
Northwest
2003-2004 Linda Hilvert Southwest
2004-2005 Gabi Karpowicz Central
2005-2006
Gail Pohlman
Southeast
2006-2008
Kathy Inderbitzen
Northwest
2008-2010 Deb Strouse Central
2010-2012 Eva Garchar Southwest
2012-2014 Kate King Central
2014-2016 Kim Stanislo

Northeast 

2016-2018 Debra Stoner

Central

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