Original ArticlesChallenges and Opportunities in Population Health The Role of School Nurses as Complexity LeadersDenke, Nancy J. DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAEN, CEN, CCRN; Winkleblack, Laura K. CRNP, MSN, RNFAAuthor Information Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Phoenix, Arizona. Correspondence: Nancy J. Denke, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAEN, CEN, CCRN, Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, 12641 N 113th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 ([email protected]). The authors declare no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2020 - Volume 44 - Issue 2 - p 136-141 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000411 Buy Metrics Abstract The school nurse role parallels the growing complexity of health care, education, and the social needs of youth in the United States. The complex and chaotic environment of the school setting requires leaders to be flexible and to have the ability to recognize and tackle the ever-changing needs of this environment. School nurses are in a prime position to enact change and drive the culture of the community, giving it purpose, while allowing its members to have a focus on their work. Nurses, as complexity leaders, are positioned to understand that change is a continual process that stems from collaboration, complex systems thinking, and innovation mindsets. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.