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Role & CareerPlanning a Career in School Nursing?    August 30, 2016

Planning a Career in School Nursing?


The following information can answer some of the initial questions you have if you are exploring the field of school nursing.

You should also explore school nursing in your area to determine if there are any unique requirements. 

What do school nurses do? 

The Definition of School Nursing
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010)

NASN Position Statements outlining the school nurse role
Access the titles listed below and more on NASN.org

    • Role of the School Nurse
    • Delegation  
    • School Nurse Role in Electronic School Health Records  
    • Mental Health of Students  

Who hires school nurses?

Local Education Agency's Boards of Education
Departments of Health
Public Health Departments and Agencies
Hospitals, hospital districts
Private, Parochial and Charter schools

Begin your search for employment opportunities on these sites:

• Boards of Education Web sites
Employment Center Listings on NASN.org
School nurse organizations affiliated with NASN 



Access the titles listed below and more on the NASN bookstore 

    • School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text
    • School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd Edition

Web links 


The National Board for Certification of School Nurses offers an exam for school nursing certification.  Those who successfully complete the exam earn the credential, NCSN for National Certified School Nurse.  

In addition, there are several states that require the completion of a state level certification, credential or license for school nurses.

Learn more about school nursing certification.

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