District Nurse

Denise Weiss joined the NKN School District in 2021 as the first full-time District Nurse. 

Denise has worked most of her life in healthcare in a variety of roles such as medical assistant, clerical/registration, and LPN before becoming a Registered Nurse. She has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years, with a love for community based nursing. 

Denise worked in Washington and Idaho in a variety of settings such as Home Health and Hospice, RN Care Coordinator, Triage Nurse, Telephonic Nursing and various hospital floors such as the ER, Long term care, Labor and Delivery and other Medical floors. 

When she moved to Oregon in 2016, Denise worked as an RN Care Coordinator at the Rinehart Clinic. At the Rinehart Clinic, Denise spent five and a half years, most recently as the Quality Director, working on projects such as team-based care, opioid reduction, and alternative payment models.

Denise has been a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel for the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). She also has presented at various conferences such as the Northwest Regional Primary Care Conferences, Oregon Pain Guidance, and Columbia Pacific CCO. 

Currently, Denise is an ECHO faculty member of OHSU on Team Based Diabetes Management. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and the Oregon School Nurse Association.

Denise has two children in the NKN schools, and lives in Nehalem with her spouse, kids and puppy. “Spending time outdoors” is their family’s favorite activity.

“As a parent involved in the schools, I have always been impressed with the staff and their commitment to students and families. I am excited to be a part of the school community, bringing healthcare support through nursing services in the schools.”