Gloria Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
Current NASN Affiliate: Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN)
Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: School Nurse, Educator, Postsecondary
Education: Olivet Nazarene University, Master of Science in Nursing, 2013; National-Louis University, Graduate Certificate in School Nursing - Type 73, 2009; Saint Xavier University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2007
Awards, Achievements, and Honors: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation Orchid Gala Honoree, 2022; Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) Fellow, 2022; de Beaumont Foundation 40 Under Forty Recognition, 2021; 2020 Pinnacle Nurse Leader Award, 2020; Illinois Public Health Association’s Everett I. Hageman Volunteerism Award, 2019; National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award, 2019; EverThrive Illinois Dr. Garry Garner Health Care Provider Award, 2017; Inaugural National Association of Hispanic Nurses 40 Under Forty Award, 2017; 40 Under Forty Emerging Nurse Leader Award Recipient, 2016
Employment: Certified School Nurse, District 99 - Downers Grove, IL, 2017 - Present: Coordinate a comprehensive school health program for over 2,000 students and staff, including the supervision of health office team consisting of a full-time Registered Nurse, and Secretary. Administer nursing care to students in accordance with professional nursing standards and school policy.
Other Significant Positions Held: Adjunct Instructor, University of Illinois Chicago RN - BSN Program, 2019 - Present; Adjunct Instructor, Capella University, 2015 - Present; Adjunct Professor, DePaul University - Chicago, IL, 2013 - Present
Present NASN Offices/Appointments: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, 2021 - Present
Past NASN Offices/Appointments: IASN Past-President, 2019 - 2020
Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: IASN President, 2020 - 2022
Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: NA
Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: ANA - Illinois Representative to the ANA membership Assembly, 2022 - Present; ANA - Illinois Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee: Expert Panel Member, 2020 - 2022
Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Board of Director, 2020 - 2021; National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Illinois Chapter, Treasurer, 2016 - 2021
Publications Significant to School Nursing: NA
Presentations Significant to School Nursing:
- Barrera, G., Valdez, A. (2022). Salud Talks Podcast Episode with the CDC: The Role of Nurses in Infection Control. Presented via Salud America Podcast.
- Barrera, G., Haupten, E., Mengistar, J., Ramos, R., Whalen, A. (2022). Back to School with Clean Cars and Cleaner Air. Presented via Clean Air Force Moms and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Webinar and YouTube.
- Barrera, G. (2022) NASN’s Advocacy Successes from State Affiliates: Illinois Case Study. Presented to NASN Leadership via Webinar.
- Barrera, G.E., Heroff, B., Traut, C. (2022). School Nurse Staffing Issues & Lessons Learned during COVID-19. Presented at ANA-Illinois Nurse Staffing Summit, Lisle, IL.
- Barrera, G.E., King, K., Tsai, T.C. (2021). A Roadmap to Health Schools: The Role of School-Based Health & the School Nurse in IPC Webinar.
Research Significant to School Nursing:
- Participation in Data Collection: Participated in data collection at the local level in my school district. At the state level, I collaborated with our state data champion in presenting a Town Hall Meeting for our members to collect data for Every Student Counts.
Statement of View: School Nurses across the nation have demonstrated just how essential our public health roles are. We have mourned the loss of more than half a million lives to COVID-19, and stand ready to meet the priorities of our communities to improve the overall health and well-being of our students. As we look to the future of NASN, we must prioritize and continually advocate in the investment of our public health system to aggressively address health disparities that have been exposed and worsened by COVID-19, and it starts by every child across the nation having access to a school nurse every single day, no matter their zip code. My unyielding commitment to supporting vulnerable groups has strengthened my leadership as President of IASN, and I am ready to take that same energy and focus to the national level to serve you and implement NASN’s Strategic Plan. I am a strong leader, with a clear vision that embraces NASN’s mission to “optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing” so that every student is healthy, safe, and ready to learn. I am eager to share my innovative ideas and work alongside the NASN Board of Directors to further our goals.
With your supporting vote as President-Elect, I will put you at the center of every decision made to further our mission and vision. I am committed to seeing every school nurse empowered to be a leader right where they are, with the support of NASN, we will continue to amplify our voices to improve child health outcomes at the local, state, and national level.
This President-Elect candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.