Special Interest Group Awards (SIG)

Individual SIG groups determine the award qualifications and determine the award recipients. NASN provides a platform to recognize SIG award recipients.

Below are applications from these SIG groups:

Consortium of School Nurse Educators
Private and Parochial School Nurses
Special Needs School Nurses

Outstanding School Nurse Educator Award

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is awarding recognition to an outstanding school nurse educator for significant contributions to school nursing. This award will be presented at the NASN Annual Conference by the chair of the School Nurse Educator Recognition Award Committee. The Consortium of School Nurse Educators, a Special Interest Group (SIG) of NASN, is accepting nominations of candidates.

NOTE: Nominations must come from a Consortium of School Nurse Educators SIG member, a current or past NASN director, OR a current or past NASN affiliate president.

SIG Responsibility

  • The National Consortium of School Nurse Educators will present a candidate selected from nominations by NASN affiliates or the National Consortium of School Nurse Educators.
  • The National Consortium of School Nurse Educators SIG must notify the NASN vice president of the selected candidate by March 1.

Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a current member of NASN and during the preceding 2 years.
  • Hold an academic position in a higher education setting.
  • Hold a Master’s degree (minimum) in nursing or education.
  • Hold current state or national certification in school nursing.
  • Show evidence of significant academic contributions and/or research related to the specialty practice of school nursing.
  • Show evidence of outstanding service to NASN and/or impact upon school nursing at the national level.
  • Not be a current NASN officer or NASN director.

Award Guidelines and Nomination Form will posted posted on or about January 1. 

Outstanding Private/Parochial School Nurse (PPSN) Award

One private or parochial school nurse will annually receive an award in recognition of a significant contribution to school nursing.

SIG Responsibility

The PPSN Special Interest Group (SIG) will present a candidate selected from nominations by NASN/PPSN members.

The PPSN SIG must notify the NASN vice president of the selected candidate by March 1. 

Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be a registered professional nurse.
  • Be a current member of NASN and during the preceding 2 years.
  • Have as his/her primary assignment the administration, education, or provision of health services in a private/parochial setting currently and for the past five years.
  • Not be a current NASN officer or NASN director.
  • Show evidence of significant contributions, publication, and/or research related to the specialty practice of private/parochial school nursing.
  • Show evidence of outstanding service to NASN and PPSN and/or impact upon private/parochial school nursing at the national level. This may include involvement in state school nurse organization, publication in school nursing literature, participation in school nursing research, national certification in school nursing, or leadership in the PPSN SIG.

Award Guidelines and Nomination Form will posted posted on or about January 1. 

Outstanding School Nurse of the Year for Students with Special Needs Award

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is awarding recognition to an outstanding school nurse with an emphasis on the care of students with special needs. This award will be presented at the NASN Annual Conference. Special Needs School Nurses (SNSN), a Special Interest Group (SIG) of NASN is accepting nominations for candidates.

SIG Responsibility

Nominations must come from a current NASN Affiliate State Director, State Affiliate President or a member of the Special Needs School Nurses SIG.

The SNSN SIG must notify the NASN vice president of the selected candidate by March 1. 

Criteria

Candidate must:

  • Be a current active member of NASN and a member during the preceding 2 years.
  • Hold a school nurse position (currently and during the preceding 2 years) and spend greater than 50% of her/his practice working with special needs students.
  • Be a registered nurse (RN).
  • Currently not be serving NASN as an officer or member of the Board of Directors.
  • Show evidence of significant contributions, publication, and/or research related to the specialty practice of school nursing.
  • Show evidence of outstanding service to NASN and special needs school nursing and/or impact upon school nursing at the national level.
  • The candidate should have National Certification or other school nursing related specialty certification or State School Nursing certification.
  • Service to special needs school nursing should include at least two of the following: publication in school nurse literature, participation in school nursing research, school nursing presentation at the state, regional or national level, development of a policy, procedure or practice tool related to working with special needs students, or committee work at the state, regional or national level.
  • Be active in his/her state school nursing organization.
  • Be an active participant in the Special Needs School Nursing SIG.

Award Guidelines and Nomination Form will posted posted on or about January 1.