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Role & CareerPlanning a Career in School Nursing?    October 25, 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, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that 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 potentials. Approved by the NASN Board of Directors June 2016.

NASN Position Statement, Role of the 21st Century School Nurse

Browse a complete index of Position Statement titles.

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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