School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
The school nurse role includes:
- Provide first aid care and health assessment
- Write care plans and coordinate the care of students with chronic or acute health conditions
- Communicate with teachers and staff to ensure the safety and well-being of students
- Administer medications and monitor delegated medication administration
- Assist in the evaluation of students for Special Services (Special Education)
- Coordinate and provide vision and hearing screenings
- Assist families in accessing health insurance and health care services; and
- Educate and train staff on: asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, and blood borne pathogens.