I am a content expert in school nursing, and a child health champion, working with several initiatives to advance school nursing and school health. My goal is to advance school nurse knowledge as a means to improve the health outcomes for student and school populations.
I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Advanced Population Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am nationally certified in school nursing and hold a Illinois professional educators license in school nursing. Throughout my career I have worked in both education and community settings; the last 14 years in school nursing, 9 as the director of the School Nurse Certificate program at UIC.
I coordinate the School Nurse Certificate program for the College of Nursing, including program recruitment and admissions.
Lead instructor for NUPR 514- School Nursing Internship
I am an executive board member of the Illinois Association of School Nurses and a member of the National Association of School Nurses. I am the discussion list manager for the Illinois Association of School Nurses member listserv.
Daisy Foundation Faculty Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, (2016) Faculty award for exceptional impact and inspiration on students.
Maughan, E. D.& Yonkaitis, C. F. (2017). What does evidence-based school nursing practice even mean? Get a CLUE. NASN School Nurse, 32(5) 287-289. https://doi.org/10.1177/1942602X17724420
Shannon, R. A. & Yonkaitis, C. F. (2017). The role of the school nurse in the special education process Part 2: Eligibility determination and the individualized education program. NASN School Nurse, 32(4) 249-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/1942602X17709505.
Yonkaitis, C. F. & Shannon, R. A. (2017). The role of the school nurse in the special education process: Part 1: Student identification and evaluation. NASN School Nurse, 32(3), p. 179-184 https://doi.org/10.1177/1942602X17700677.