Research Priorities

NASN Research Priorities 2021‐2022

NASN encourages a broad range of research related to promoting student health. For 2021-2022, NASN is particularly interested in studies that address the infrastructure of school nursing and the impact of that infrastructure on outcomes. Examples of structural measures may include (but are not limited to) collaborative interdisciplinary approach, nurse staffing/delivery models, education level of school nurse, certification, supervision, onboarding, use of an electronic health record, and time management.

Priority topics to address when researching infrastructure and the unique contribution of a school nurse include COVID, diversity, mental health, vaccine hesitancy, chronic absenteeism, or substance use. Multisite projects are encouraged when appropriate.

Robust research on the following areas that align with NASN’s research trajectory are also welcome:

  • The impact of structure, culture, financing (including Medicaid), policy, or systems on school health care processes and outcomes (at both the individual and population level).
  • Efforts to standardize measures that define the quality of school nursing, particularly related to care coordination and reducing inequities.
  • Cost benefit analyses related to school nursing services.
  • Testing the impact of NASN guidelines on student health and well-being.
  • Analysis of effective implementation strategies to improve the number of school nurses using evidence-based practices.
  • Identification of key intermediate measures that are sensitive to school nurse interventions.
  • Analysis of existing data that examine the structural measures of school health services or school nursing interventions (process measures) on individual and population-based student outcomes (i.e. chronic absenteeism, chronic condition management, seat time, early dismissal, medication errors).


In addition to robust research projects, systematic literature reviews synthesizing the state of the science in priority areas would also be valued contributions to the literature.

Page last updated June 2021.