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.

NASN Mission

To optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

NASN Vision

All students will be healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Core Values

Child Well-being 
Diversity & Inclusion

Strategic Plan Goals for 2017 - 2020:

I. Engage School Nurses in student-centered 21st century school nursing practice.


1. Advocate for positive student outcomes by advancing an accurate school nurse public narrative.

2. Develop members, leaders and affiliates, through resources, tools and programs.

II. Forge shared leadership in the development of healthy communities.


1. Partner with child health advocates to develop healthy communities.

2. Facilitate school nurse knowledge and influence to build a culture of health in communities where students live, learn, work, and play.

3. Explore the benefit of an advisory council to further the mission and vision of NASN.

III. Support student outcomes through the use of population health data and research.


1. Inform school nurses in the application of data to practice.

2. Facilitate collection, analysis, dissemination and use of data.


NASN is classified under the Internal Revenue Code as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. 

Page last updated July 2018.