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What do school nurses do?

Definition of School Nursing

School Nurse Workforce Infographics

National Association of School Nurses. (2020). The School Health Services Team: Supporting Student Outcomes (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

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Who hires school nurses?

Begin your search for employment opportunities on these sites:

Boards of Education websites
NASN Employment Center 
NASN affiliate school nurse organization websites


National Association of School Nurses. (2021). Education, licensure, and certification of school nurses [Position Statement]. Author.

The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) has developed and implements the voluntary certification process of school nurses. Those who successfully complete the certification exam earn the credential NCSN, National Certified School Nurse.  

Some states have a unique state-level certification, credential or license for school nurses. Check with the school nursing leaders in your area for more information.


School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 4th Edition

The National Association of State School Nurse Consultants, Inc. (NASSNC)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

AFT’s section on Nurses and Health Professionals

NASN affiliate school nurse organizations

Page last updated October 2023.

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