San Diego Imperial Section Award Winners

San Diego/Imperial Section Award Winners

Julia Hart-Lawson, M.A., R.N.


Julia Hart-Lawson, M.A., R.N., is the school nurse with Carlsbad Unified School District. She has been in nursing for 23 years, 21 of them in school nursing. Julia is also experienced in the pediatric hospital setting, working for Rady Children’s Bernardy Center for approximately 8 years on weekends as well as in hospice care, with Vitas Hospice for 6. Julia earned her nursing degree from Palomar College, and her California Health Services Credential from San Diego State University. In addition, Julia has an M.A. in School Counseling from Chapman University and holds a degree in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Long Beach and studied neuro-linguistics + audiology at the University of Oregon. She also holds a K-12 clear teaching credential from the University of California, Riverside. 

As a school nurse, Julia has worked with students from pre-school age to 22 years of age (TRACE Program with SDUSD and CUSD ATP Program. Some of Julia’s special interests include a guest-lecture in the special education department at USD, introducing student teachers to the world of school health and developing a curriculum for the program under the direction of Dr. Judy Mantle. She empowers school staff with training in the care and nurturing of the medically fragile student at school and at home. Julia also had the honor of working with Golden Door owner, Deborah Szekely developing a state-wide 5th grade health curriculum. Julia collaborated with “The Invisible Threat”- a video by Carlsbad High School TV teenage filmmakers sponsored by the San Diego Rotary, which explore the immune system, disease and vaccines; and received the Paul Harris Fellowship award from the Rotary. She presented this video at a CSNO State conference. She is currently studying Forensic Nursing through the University of CA, Riverside. Julia has been a CSNO and NASN member for many years and currently serves on the CSNO-San Diego/Imperial Board. “School nursing is the most challenging and rewarding profession for a nurse. You should always be an active learner along with the students that you serve.”

Susan Barndollar, RN, MN, FNP



Susan Barndollar has been a nurse for 31 years. Susan graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her Bachelors in Nursing. She continued with her education and received her Masters of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from UCLA. Susan has worked as a nurse in the City of Hope Medical Center and as a Nurse Practitioner at Cigna Family Practice Clinic, Nipomo Community Health Center, and Neighborhood Healthcare Clinic. She then found her passion working as a school nurse for the San Diego Unified School District in 2001 and has been working there for the past 18 years.
Susan has been a nurse for 31 years. She's been a school nurse for 18 years all with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Susan has worked almost every nurse role for the SDUSD from being a site nurse, an Itinerant Nurse, a Nurse Cluster Coordinator, a Resource Nurse and finally as the Interim Program Manager of the Nursing & Wellness Department. Working almost every position held by school nurses makes Susan uniquely suited to have the understanding of what it takes to help support a variety of nurses in a variety of roles. Susan has had many accomplishments including being a Johnson and Johnson Fellow in 2009 and School Nurse of the Year for the SDUSD. She is very involved in CSNO. She currently is the Professional Standards Chair. She also was one of the Key Note speakers at the 68th Annual CSNO Conference in 2018 where she presented "Compassion and Self Care". She has always loved being able to support students and their families to help keep students in class and ready to learn. Now as the Interim Program Manager of the Nursing & Wellness Department for SDUSD, Susan has developed a deep understanding of the school culture and understands what is needed to help school nurses help students succeed. Susan inspires the Nursing & Wellness Department to deliver the best care possible while also
performing all of the day to day responsibilities of overseeing the staff and monitoring and developing policies.

Dave Cranny



CSNO San Diego/Imperial (SD-I) chooses Dave Cranny from School Health as their Community Partner of the year.

​Dave has been a strong supporter and advocate of the school nurse profession. He has enthusiastically participated in many CSNO activities at the local and state level. He has attended multiple meetings including ones in which he has helped brainstormed ideas about increasing CSNO SD-I membership and ones where he asked the CSNO SD-I Board opinions about what school nurses really need to have to make their practice as successful as possible. Dave makes the extra effort to make sure school nurses are trained on School Health Products that have been purchased. He even has gone out to individual school sites to provide hands on training with equipment. Dave consistently attends the CSNO SD-I’s School Nurse Day celebration and generously provides the meal for that special day. CSNO SD-I is very grateful to Dave for his support over these many years.