Private, Independent, and Parochial School Nurses

The Private, Independent, and Parochial School Nurses (PIPSN) special interest group (SIG) was formed in 1994 to promote communication and exchange of ideas among registered nurses who work in private, independent, and parochial schools. These nurses are often isolated from medical professionals, and are frequently the sole health care provider in his or her school community.

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE.  The brochure includes a description of the special interest group and benefits for members.

Contact PIPSN Leaders:

Group Leaders

Chair: Cheryl Blake, MSN, RN, NCSN, North Carolina:

Immediate Past-Chair: Elizabeth Paquette, BA, RN, NCSN, Massachusetts: 

Vice Chair: Jan Brant, BSN, RN, NCSN, Maryland:

Secretary: Linda Register, MSN, RN, NCSN, North Carolina:

Membership: Jennifer Servello, BSN, RN, Rhode Island:

Award Chair: Bernadette Berset, MSN, RN, NCSN, Virginia:

Newsletter: Marie Habershaw, BSN, RN, Rhode Island: 

Discussion List Monitor and Community Administrator: Gail Trano, BSN, RN, CSN, New York:

Public Relations: Theresa Hartel, MSN, RN, Massachusetts: 

Group Outreach

Professional development offered at the NASN Annual Conference.

Articles in the NASN School Nurse published bi-monthly. 

The Outstanding Private, Independent, and Parochial School Nurse Recognition Award recognizes an outstanding member for significant contributions to non-public school nursing.  

Online Community and Discussion List on SchoolNurseNet

The community on SchoolNurseNet enables members of this group to network with their colleagues throughout the year.

When a member enrolls in this special interest group via the membership application or NASN profile, they are automatically given access to the Private, Independent & Parochial School Nurses community on SchoolNurseNet.

To opt into discussion list messages from the community, edit your Community Notification preferences in your SchoolNurseNet profile. 

Go to SchoolNurseNet, select Profile, select My Account, select Community Notifications, and then select Real Time mail delivery or Daily Digest mail delivery for the Private, Independent and Parochial School Nurses community discussion list.

To become a member of this SIG, choose the SIG when you join NASN or enroll in