NLNAC BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Rhonda Johnston, PhD, CFNP, CANP
Biographical Sketch


Rhonda Johnston graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Post Secondary administration from Colorado State University – Fort Collins. She also earned a Master of Science from the University of Colorado. She received a post master certificate from the University of Colorado as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.

She currently is the Director of Clinical Video Telehealth Training and Education National Training Center for the Veteran’s Health Administration's (VHA) Office of Telehealth Services. She is responsible for the development, deployment of education, training and resources for VHA staff and clinicians who provide care using telehealth technology. She also is a practitioner in a very busy Veterans Administration Telehealth Clinic serving rural veterans.

Dr. Johnston has spent her career in both academia and clinical practice. She has extensive experience in teaching and administration in nursing and higher education in primarily public institutions. She has served in nursing education from practical nursing to graduate education. After spending over 30 years as a professor and she held the position of Department Chair at Colorado State University – Pueblo. She has always balanced her clinician role with her academic role. Previous work experience ranges from staff nurse to administrator in a regional medical center. Professional activities have included serving as Vice President of the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care and member of the Colorado State Board of Nursing Educators’ Council.

Of the many programs she has developed and managed the one most rewarding was the School-Based Wellness Center’s Program sponsored by Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado for School District #60. The program served over 18,000 school-aged youth and their families. The program focused on primary care, prevention and early intervention.

She is a member of many nursing organizations and honor societies, including Sigma Theta Tau. She has authored book chapters, reference articles and has made local, regional and national presentations. She has obtained over 10 million dollars in grants and funding for many academic and community based projects and programs. Accreditation experience includes service as a site Visitor for NLNAC, NCLEX item writer and as an external reviewer for nursing programs. She also provides curriculum and grants consultation.

Honors include: Colorado State University – Pueblo Nursing Star Award for Nursing Leadership Excellence; Sigma Theta Tau Iota Pi Chapter Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Colorado Nightingale Nominee