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NASN Releases Updated School Nursing Practice Framework™ to Address Evolving Needs in Student Health and Safety

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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2024
Contact: Kate McDuffie
National Association of School Nurses

NASN Releases Updated School Nursing Practice Framework™ to Address Evolving Needs in Student Health and Safety

SILVER SPRING, MD— The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is pleased to announce the release of the updated School Nursing Practice Framework™ (Framework), a critical tool designed to guide and define the role of school nurses in the evolving landscape of student health and education. This update reflects the latest in evidence-based practices and the ever-changing demands of school nursing services.

The revised Framework includes an enhanced graphic illustration that clearly outlines the fundamental principles of professional school nursing. It emphasizes evidence-based best practice and focuses on priority school nursing activities that are central to fostering student health, safety, and academic readiness. View the revised Framework on NASN’s website.

"School nurses play a pivotal role in the educational success of our students by addressing their physical, mental, and emotional health needs," said NASN CEO Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE. "The refreshed Framework is not just a tool, but a pledge of our ongoing commitment to ensure that school nurses are empowered to meet the challenges of modern school health needs effectively. This Framework is essential in guiding our nurses to prioritize and optimize student health, which is more crucial than ever."

NASN's commitment to continuous improvement and adherence to high standards is evident in the process of updating the Framework. Originally launched in 2016, the Framework was developed and then updated with input from a wide array of sources, including expert panel discussions, interviews, focus groups, and surveys among NASN members. The updated Framework builds upon school nursing knowledge and evidence gained over more than a century while integrating contemporary practice nuances, including recent global health challenges that have emerged over the past decade.


The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 19,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas school nurses. The mission of the NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. To learn more about NASN, please visit or call 866-627-6767.