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Lela May Claussen

Lela May Claussen, American hospital program administrator, educator. Registered Nurse, Kansas, California Nebraska; certified public health nurse, California. Grantee, USPH/Children's Bureau, 1965, Graduate School Nursing, New York Medical College; recipient Outstanding Service award Modoc Joint Unified School District, 1984.


  • Claussen, Lela May was born on June 20, 1935 in Kearney, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of Carl John Senior and Anna May (Crow) Cornelius.

  • Education

    • Diploma, Good Samaritan School Practical Nursing, 1954. Certified in nursing, University Wyoming, 1961. Bachelor of science in nursing, University Wyoming, 1964.


    • General practical nurse, staff nurse DePaul Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1956-1964. Staff nurse, head nurse, house supervisor, Director of Nursing Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, 1961-1969. Instructor in nursing University Wyoming College Nursing, 1964-1966.

      Emergency room nurse St. John Hospital, Salina, Kansas, 1970-1971. Intensive Care Unit, obstetrical nurse St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, 1971-1973. Staff nurse, continuing education developer, Director of Nursing Alpine Meadows Hospital, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 1974-1978.

      Director of Nursing Routt County Memorial Hospital, 1974-1978. Staff nurse, infection control, Director of Nursing Warnerview Convalescent Hospital, Alturas, California, 1978-1983. Charge nurse Modoc County Medical Centers, Cedarville, 1978-1983.

      Director staff development, Director of Nursing St. John's Center, Kearney, 1983-1985. Head nurse adolescents Larned (Kansas) State Hospital, 1986. Lead nurse geropsych., assistant director nursing education, charge nurse Osawatomie (Kansas) State Hospital, 1988, 89.

      Psychiatric nurse, counselor, case manager, partial hospitalization program nurse Franklin County Mental Health Center, Ottawa, Kansas, 1991. Program director, Transitions Center Geropsychiatry Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth, since 1993. Part-time lecturer nursing College Nursing University Wyoming, 1966-1969.

      Part-time clinical instructor practical nursing Central Community College, Kearney, 1983-1985. Instructor nursing, house supervisor, assistant Director of Nursing, part-time staff nurse Ottawa (Kansas) Retirement Village, 1987-1990, staff nurse, Director of Nursing, 1991-1992. Writer annual and quarterly Myelodysplastic Syndromes Mental Health-Long Term Care, Bedford Nursing Center, Gardner, Kansas, 1993.

      Member state advisory committee Osawatomie State Hospital, 1995-1996. Faculty advisor Nu Upsilon Omega, University Wyoming, Laramie, 1964, 65, 66. Member advisory board School Practical Nursing, Laramie, 1966-1969, Ottawa Retirement Plaza, 1992-1993.

      Co-founder Council Community Health Agencies, Laramie, 1968, Hap Crawford Nurses Association, Alturas, 1981, 82, 83. Lecturer in field.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Kansas, California Nebraska. Certified public health nurse, California.


    Christians should seek to apply their spiritual and moral values to the political process rather than politicize the church.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    At communion only the believer is invited to participate in the bread and cup of Christ.

    Denomination: Baptist


    The distinctive feature of the Baptist Churches is that lay people are involved in decision making.


    Member, secretary, president Modoc Joint Unified School District, Alturas, 1980-1983. Member California School Boards, 1980-1983. Member advisory board Rainbow for Girls, Alturas, 1981, 82.

    Organist numerous churches, since 1950. Member University Wyoming Alumni Association, Kearney High School Alumni Association, Skilton Music Club (president 1991-1992), Order Eastern Star, Sigma Theta Tau.



    Piano, organ, vocal music, quilting, grandmothering.


    • Married Dwayne N. Claussen, Senior, June 3, 1960 (deceased June 1990). Children: Joseph, John, Le Ann, Jay, Sarah.
    • father: Carl John Senior Cornelius
    • mother: Anna May (Crow) Cornelius
    • spouse: Dwayne N. Claussen
    • children: Joseph Claussen
    • John Claussen
    • Le Ann Claussen
    • Jay Claussen
    • Sarah Claussen
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