FAQ

About NASN

About School Nursing

Becoming a Member

Current Members

Education

SchoolNurseNet


About NASN

What is the National Association of School Nurses (NASN)?
The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 16,000 members and 50 affiliate school nurse organizations. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

What is NASN's address?
National Association of School Nurses
1100 Wayne Avenue Suite 925
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5642
Get directions.

Does NASN publish journals?
Yes. NASN publishes The Journal of School Nursing and the NASN School Nurse. Subscriptions to these journals are included with a paid NASN membership.

Does NASN have advertising opportunities?
Yes. NASN has a variety of opportunities for advertisers, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders by regular mail, email or fax.

How do I find my username and password?
You can request a reminder. If your email is on file at NASN, a reminder will be emailed to you.

About School Nursing

Where can I get a copy of the School Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice?
You can purchase a copy of the Scope and Standards in the NASN bookstore.  A table of contents is available as a preview.

What is the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice?
The framework, published in 2016, provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice.

What is the definition of school nursing?
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.

Where can I find Professional Practice Documents or Position Statements?
These documents are indexed on the NASN website.

Where can I find the code of ethics for school nurses?
The NASN Code of Ethics was revised in 2016 and is available on the NASN website.

Is there a national certification for school nurses? 
Yes. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) develops and implements the voluntary certification process of school nurses. NBCSN is an independently incorporated organization.

When is National School Nurse Day?
National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week. National Nurse Week is always May 6-12.

Becoming a Member

How do I join NASN?
You can join online with a credit card using the online membership application. You can also join by print mail using other forms of payment and a printable application.   

How much does it cost to join NASN?
Amounts vary by state or area because of the combined or unified membership structure NASN has with many state school nurse organizations or affiliates.  Refer to the dues table for the cost in your state or area.

What are the benefits of joining NASN?
The most popular benefits are the subscriptions to The Journal of School Nursing and the NASN School Nurse, the All Member Forum, the free CNE contact hour courses in the NASN Learning Center, the advocacy e-toolkit, and the Sight for Students vision gift certificate program for students. Refer to the complete list of benefits for more detail.

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders. When paying membership dues with a purchase order, print a copy of a membership application and send it to NASN with the purchase order.

What are the different membership categories?
NASN's membership categories or classifications are Active, Associate, Retired, Student, and Member-at-Large. Refer to the classification description document for more information and detail.

Is NASN membership only for registered nurses (RNs)?
No. NASN's position is that every child deserves a school nurse who is licensed as a registered nurse. However, NASN does have a member-at-large membership category for persons who hold a special interest in or who are working with NASN and who do not fit into other membership categories.

Can I join NASN if I practice outside of the United States?
Yes. NASN and its affiliate, the Overseas School Health Nurses Association, welcome school nurses employed by Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and in International Schools. School nurses not employed by DoDDS or in International Schools may join NASN only.

Will I be a member of my state or local school nurse organization when I join NASN?
Not always. Depending on where you practice, you will also be a member of your state school nurse organization when you join NASN. NASN refers to state school nurse organizations as affiliates.  The combined membership is referred to as unified membership. However, there is a handful of states that do not have unified membership. In these states, you will be a member of NASN only. Refer to this document for more information.

Are there membership scholarships?
No. NASN does not have membership scholarships.  However, you may want to reach out to community organizations such as Lions Clubs and Parent Teacher Organizations.

Does NASN provide information on its members?
Yes. NASN does rent member names and mailing addresses to carefully screened companies and organizations which offer items that may be of interest in the profession of school nursing.  Members may opt out of this list when they initially join NASN and anytime thereafter on their NASN profile.

Can libraries purchase subscriptions? 
Yes. Schools of nursing are invited to purchase a subscription to The Journal of School Nursing through SAGE Publications, Inc. To order or obtain information, readers and librarians may contact the SAGE Journals Customer Service Department at journals@sagepub.com or 1-800-818-7243.

Current Members

How do I contact the Membership Department?
Contact the NASN Membership Department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

When will I receive my membership card?
Membership cards are mailed regularly. You should receive your membership card in the mail within four weeks of the date you pay your dues.  

Can I print a copy of my membership card?
Yes. Download a digital copy of your card. 

How do I find my NASN ID or member number?
Your NASN ID is printed on your membership card. It can also be found in your profile on SchoolNurseNet.

How do I find my NASN website username and password?
You can request a reminder. If your email is on file at NASN, a reminder will be emailed to you.

How do I get a membership dues receipt?
A membership receipt can be found on the Dues Renewal web page. Locate the invoice number on the web page. If the invoice has been paid, click on the invoice number and a receipt will be downloaded.

How do I get a membership dues invoice?
Membership invoices are released approximately six weeks prior to renewal dates. Invoices can be found on the Dues Renewal web page. Look for the invoice number on the web page. Click on the invoice number and an invoice will be downloaded.  

Will I receive a membership dues renewal reminder?
Yes. Members who pay dues annually will receive an email message when their Dues Renewal Invoice is ready. These members will also receive a reminder email if needed and  reminder by print mail if needed. Members who pay dues quarterly will receive an email message alerting them when their dues payment is being charged against the payment information on file with NASN. 

How do I update the payment information on my quarterly dues installments?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

How do I renew my membership dues?
You can renew your dues online using a credit card approximately six weeks prior to the renewal date. 

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders. When paying a membership dues renewal with a purchase order, print a copy of your membership dues invoice on the Dues Renewal web page and send it to NASN with the purchase order.

How do I update my contact details?
Go to your profile and find your contact details. Select the "pencil." You will be redirected to a profile form in the NASN database. Apply edits and use the buttons at the bottom of the page to save and move through each part of the from. Be sure to confirm your edits at the end of the form. You will move through several parts of the form to complete the update.  

When will I receive my first journal in the mail?
NASN members can expect to receive their first issue of The Journal of School Nursing or NASN School Nurse approximately six weeks after joining NASN.

Can I pay my dues in installments?
Yes. Members can select annual or quarterly installments when they initially join NASN. An annual fee of 5% spread out over the membership year is applied to quarterly installments. Automatic payments are charged to the credit card on file with NASN and continue into the next membership year unless the member notifies NASN to terminate the dues.

Can I change my billing frequency from annual to quarterly?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

How do I change my membership category, i.e., change from an Active member to a Retired member?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

I have moved to a different state. How do I change my state or NASN Affiliate?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

Where can I find a copy of NASN's bylaws?
The bylaws are in the All Member Forum library on SchoolNurseNet.

How do I access journal articles online?
NASN's publisher, SAGE Publications, Inc., manages a website where NASN members can read full-text articles from The Journal of School Nursing and NASN School Nurse. To gain access to online articles, NASN members will need to register or sign in on the SAGE Publications, Inc. website and then activate their NASN society account using their NASN ID. Refer to the activation instructions for guidance.

How do I cancel my membership?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

Does NASN offer scholarships?
Yes. The Endowment Education Scholarship is for professional registered school nurses or school nurse educators pursuing post baccalaureate certification or graduate degrees. The Advocacy Education Scholarship is for school nurses participating in an advocacy education program. The RN to BSN Education Advancement Scholarship is for registered nurses employed in schools to advance their education. The New Member Scholarship is for a new, active member attending the NASN annual conference.

How do I obtain Sight for Students gift certificates for my students?
NASN members must use the online enrollment form to enroll in this program with VSP Vision Care.

What is the correct way to list my nursing credentials?
NASN recommends highest earned degree, mandated requirements (i.e. licensure), state designations or requirements, national certifications, awards and honors, other certifications.  If highest earned degree is not in nursing, then highest nursing degree may be included after highest earned degree. Example: MEd, BSN, RN, APN, NCSN, FNASN.  

Education

Where can I find continuing nursing education opportunities?
NASN's annual conference and preconference are hosted each summer at various cities around the country and provide an opportunity to earn 20-30 CNE contact hours. The NASN Learning Center has a library of e-learning and online CNE courses. Most courses provide an opportunity to earn 1.0 CNE contact hour, and some provide an opportunity to earn more. The Calendar of Events includes upcoming educational conferences hosted by NASN and NASN's affiliate school nurse organizations.  

Where is the next NASN annual conference?
Refer to the list of future, and past, conference locations.

How can I get proof of continuing education?
Annual conference certificates are available online. Certificates for CNE courses completed in the NASN Learning Center are found in your Learning Center profile; sign in and then click on your name to access your Learning Center profile.

SchoolNurseNet

How do I find my username and password?
Your SchoolNurseNet username and password are the same as your NASN website username and password. You can request a reminder. If your email is on file at NASN, a reminder will be emailed to you.

What is a profile? and how do I find it?
A profile is where you will manage and locate your photo, contact details, demographics, list of contacts, list of communities, list discussion messages you've posted, inbox messages from other individuals on SchoolNurseNet, privacy settings, email delivery preferences, and discussion list signature. You have two profiles: your main profile and your volunteer profile. 

How do I find my profile?
Sign into SchoolNurseNet. Find the profile link in the top right corner of the website. You have two profiles: your main profile and your volunteer profile. 

How do I add a profile picture?
Go to your profile. Find the button underneath the photo space or placeholder. You can upload a photo from your computer or from one of your social media accounts.

How do I update my contact details?
Go to your profile. Find your contact details and select the "pencil." You will be redirected to a profile form in the NASN database. Apply edits and use the buttons at the bottom of the page to save and then confirm your edits. You will move through several profile form web pages to complete the update.  

How do I update my bio and demographics?
Go to your profile. To update your bio and demographics, use the action buttons provided to add content or edit content. Note that some demographics cannot be edited because they are managed in the NASN database. The profile is a great place to keep your professional information current in case you need it for a resume or speaker bio. NASN uses some of the demographics in the profile to tell individuals about content that matches the individual's profile. You can control what others see in your profile by adjusting your privacy settings.

What are contacts and contact lists? 
A contact is another person on SchoolNurseNet that has accepted your contact request.  Contacts are added to a contact list. To add someone to your contact list, find the person in the directory and click on the contact request button. Once you have a contact list, you can find it in your profile under my connections. A contact list can save you time with searching for the same individuals again and again in the directory. You can also allow your contacts to see parts of your profile that are kept hidden to others by adjusting your privacy settings.  

What is a directory?
The main directory on SchoolNurseNet enables anyone logged into SchoolNurseNet to search for any contact in NASN's database of contacts or to search a subset of NASN members. In addition, each community has its own member list or member directory, which is a list of community  members. All directories maintain the privacy of individuals as set forth in the individual's privacy settings on SchoolNurseNet. 

What is a community? 
A community is a group of individuals organized around a common interest. At the heart of SchoolNurseNet is community. Communities enable participation in discussion lists, sharing of resources, and connection to community members.  

Will I automatically be added to any communities?
NASN members are automatically added to the All Member Forum and any of the four special interest groups they selected on the membership application or the NASN profile. If the NASN affiliate school nurse organization has a community on SchoolNurseNet, the members of this organization will automatically be added to it.

How do I join a community?
Find the communities menu option and select all communities. If you are eligible to join a community but haven't joined it yet, you should see a join button. 

Where do I find a list of communities I have already joined?
Find the communities menu option and select my communities. Click on the name of any community to enter the community and view its content, view a list of community members, post a message, upload a library entry, and more.

What is a discussion list?
A discussion list, also known as an email list or list server list, is the key component of a community on SchoolNurseNet. It enables community members to send questions and share experiences with all of the community members via email messages. Members of the community will have discussion list messages sent directly to their email inbox unless they choose the no email option for the community.

How do I reply to a discussion list message?
Each message from SchoolNurseNet includes a button that says reply to group. If you click this button, you can reply to the discussion list from your email program. There is also a link below each message that says reply to group online. If you click this link, you will be redirected to the SchoolNurseNet website where you can reply to the discussion. Another option is the button that says reply to sender. If you click this button, you will be redirected to the SchoolNurseNet website where you can reply to the sender only; not the entire discussion list.

How do I start a new discussion list message?
Each message from SchoolNurseNet includes a link that says post new message. If you click this link, you can start a new discussion list message from your email program. Every SchoolNurseNet discussion list has its own custom email address too. If you store this address in your email address book, you can find and use it anytime to start a new discussion list message from your email program. You can also start a new discussion list message on the SchoolNurseNet website. Find the participate menu option and select post a message.  

How do I stop or change how often I receive discussion list email? 
Go to your profile and select my account and then select community notifications. Scroll down until you see your list of community discussions. Choose real time, daily digest or no email for each of your community discussion lists. If you choose no email, you will still be able to enter the community on SchoolNurseNet, see the discussions, and post messages to the discussion list.  You will not receive discussion list messages directly in your email inbox. See the next question about the Consolidated Weekly Digest.

What is a Consolidated Weekly Digest?
You can have your discussion list messages delivered once a week in a Consolidated Weekly Digest. You can include more than one community in the Consolidated Weekly Digest too. To take advantage of this, go to your profile, select my account and then select community notifications. Scroll down until you see your list of community discussions. For the discussions you want added to the Consolidated Weekly Digest, select no email and check the Consolidated Weekly Digest check box. Scroll up and tell SchoolNurseNet which day of the week you want your Consolidated Weekly Digest delivered.  Be sure you do not choose Saturday or Sunday. Mail is not delivered from SchoolNurseNet on the weekend.

What it a library?
A library, also known as a resource library, is a component of a community on SchoolNurseNet. It includes library entries. Library entries can have one or more files. Files are added to the library in two ways: through a direct upload into the library on the SchoolNurseNet website and as attachments to discussion list email messages. 

How do I add a file to a community library?
Library entries are created in two ways. You can go to the community on SchoolNurseNet, find the participate menu option, and select share a file. You can also attach a file or files to a discussion list message. These attachments are stored in the community library too. Please note that library entries can have one or more files. If you attach more than one file to a discussion list message, SchoolNurseNet will create one library entry that has multiple files in it.  Library entries can be edited once they have been created. You can edit the library entry name, description, and the files attached to the library entry. To edit a library entry, find it in the library and then locate the actions button. In the actions button, you will find the edit option. 

What is the inbox?
You can send direct email messages to anyone on SchoolNurseNet by selecting the send message button on someone's profile. When you send or receive a direct message, the messages are stored in your inbox. Your inbox is located in your profile, under my account.  Please note that you cannot send a message to more than one person at the same time. To send a message to more than one person at the same time, the individuals would need to be organized into a community. 

How do I check and edit my privacy settings?
Go to your profile, select my account, and then select privacy settings. You can choose to allow components of your profile to be visible to the public, NASN members only, your contact on your contact list, or only you. It is advisable that you keep sensitive information such as your street address set to only you and that you keep the contact me options set to NASN members only. All other settings are up to your personal preference.

What are email preferences?
In addition to discussion list email messages, other messages can be sent through SchoolNurseNet. These are the messages that are stored in your inbox (see the inbox explanation above). These other messages are organized into groups called system emails, community emails, social emails, and promotional emails. System emails are generated from the the SchoolNurseNet software. Community emails are generated by NASN and NASN affiliate and community leaders. Social emails are not currently used. Promotional emails are very rare and are sent to individuals not having an NASN membership. You can opt out of community, social and/or promotional emails by going to your profile, selecting my account, and then selecting email preferences.  

What are community notifications?
Community notifications is another term for community discussion list email messages. To review your community notification settings, go to your profile, select my account, and then select community notifications. Scroll down until you see your list of community discussions. Before you make changes, please review the question above, How do I stop or change how often I receive discussion list email? 

Can I edit my discussion list signature?
When you post a message to a discussion list, SchoolNurseNet appends your discussion list signature. You can edit the signature in your profile. Go to your profile, select my account, and then select discussion signature. You can use the system merge fields that "pull" information from your profile or you can remove the system merge fields and manually enter your signature.