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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 environments that allow school nurses to practice at full scope and to prioritize school nurse wellbeing, resulting in positive student outcomes.
  • Equip school nurses and NASN affiliate organizations with evidence-based resources, tools, and programs focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Facilitate school nurse expertise by addressing population health; assessing social determinants of health; accessing evidence-based literature; using technology and advancing student health equity.
  • Promote and advance the National School Health Data Set: Every Student Counts!


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


  • Advocate for quality systems level school health services for all students, including funding.
  • Secure strategic partnerships in pursuit of upstream changes that enhance student health, safety, and education.
  • Facilitate school nurse knowledge and influence to build a culture of health through shared leadership in disaster/emergency planning, climate and environmental health in schools and communities where students live, learn, play, and work.
  • Collaborate with organizations to integrate and understand school health services in addressing social influencers of health and education on a student population level.


SECURE foundational school health evidence.


  • Engage school nurses in the collection and utilization of school health data to make informed decisions.
  • Establish a school nurse practice of evidence-based data collection, research, and educational offerings.
  • Expand partnerships with community organizations, including universities, that collect health-related data on children and youth to coordinate efforts and advance student health.
  • Invest in the development of innovation and evidence-based research to promote best school health practice.




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About NASN

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is a nonprofit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has 19,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. 

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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