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The NASN vision is that all students are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

The NASN mission is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.


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ENGAGE school nurses in 21st Century Practice.


  • Advocate for positive student outcomes by advancing an accurate school nurse public narrative.
  • Engage diverse school nurses in an equitable and inclusive manner via evidence-based resources, tools and programs.
  • Facilitate school nurse expertise in population health.
  • Promote and advance the National School Health Data Set: Every Student Counts!


PURSUE health, education, and social equity for students through shared leadership.


  • Secure strategic partnerships in pursuit of upstream changes that enhance student health and education.
  • Facilitate school nurse knowledge and influence to build a culture of health in communities where students live, learn, play, and work.
  • Direct data collection and research to determine the influence of school health services on individual social needs, social determinants, as well as health and educational disparities.


SECURE foundational school health evidence.


  • Engage school nurses in the collection and dissemination of school health data.
  • Establish a school nurse culture of data collection and research in evidence-based educational offerings and practice..
  • Expand partnerships with organizations, including universities, which collect health-related data on children and youth in order to coordinate efforts and advance student health.
  • Invest in the development of innovation, research and use of evidence.




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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.

NASN Position

To optimize student health, safety and learning, it is the position of the National Association of School Nurses that a professional registered school nurse be present in every school all day, every day.


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