Linda Mendonca, RN, MSN, MED, NCSN has been a registered nurse for 30 years practicing school nursing for the past 20. Her school nursing career has included experience with pre-K to high school with the last 10 focusing on adolescents in the middle school and most recently adding high school students to her building. She has vast experience with current best practice and new initiatives having recently served as the director for Rhode Island on the National Association of School Nurse's Board and is the past President of the RI Certified School Nurse Teachers Organization. Ms. Mendonca has been involved and is responsible for many prevention programs in her school and was honored in November 2011 by the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition for her work; and was RI Certified School Nurse Teacher of the year in 2008. She received her RN diploma from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Providence. She also received her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC.
Ms. Mendonca is very passionate about environmental health and incorporates this aspect daily in her school nursing practice. She currently serves on the RI Leadership and Northeast Board for the American Lung Association, has been involved with the RI Department of Health's Asthma in school's subcommittee (Asthma Coalition) for many years and is currently the chair of this subcommittee working on environmental issues in a school setting. She recently was appointed to the Healthy Schools Network Board, a national organization advocating for a healthy school environment. Other environmental committee work includes RI State Nurse's Association environmental health committee member and she serves as an advisor to the National Association of School Nurses on environmental issues.