Institute for Educational Development

Uniquely Qualified Instructor

WENDY NISKANEN is an outstanding school nurse, an experienced educator and a recognized school nurse leader. Her work with families in poverty and homeless students early in her career started a lifelong interest in the impact of trauma on health and learning. A school nurse for more than 15 years, she has a passion for the critical role school nurses play in behavioral health. She has brought this enthusiasm to her schools, creating a program for addressing behavioral health proactively.

A frequent presenter at continuing education conferences for school nurses, Wendy has developed in-service programs to create a trauma sensitive culture in schools. As a school nurse leader in her state, she has served on the board of her school nurses' association and is a member of her state's School Nurse Advisory Group. Wendy is the author of SCHOOL NURSES: Practical Strategies for Proactive Behavioral Health Services, the extensive resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“She is at the top of her professional field in child health and remains down-to-earth and engaging.

Wendy's friendly demeanor puts her audience at ease. She has a unique ability to deliver information to a wide range of session participants at the same time, covering basics for those new to the topic while also offering more advanced insights for the seasoned professional.”

“Wendy is a dynamic presenter who successfully delivers the content in a manner accessible to all. She is able to gauge differing levels of understanding and experience among participants and make her instruction inclusive.”

“She is confident and positive and her presentations are well thought out and delivered.”

“Wendy is a great presenter who knows how to engage with her audience and uses her education and healthcare experience to provide real-life examples.”

“Wendy's passion for the whole child comes through while she thinks critically about how to support each and every student.”

“Wendy has a wonderful ability to keep participants engaged in active learning.”

“Wendy is an amazing presenter. She is a passionate speaker who is engaging and easy to listen to. I enjoy hearing her speak.”

Wendy brings many diverse experiences to her presentation that enhance the practicality of her content.”

“Wendy's background in both education and nursing provides for relevant application strategies.”