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Head Lice

NASN Resources Lice Lessons educational initiative with tools and resources to help school nurses reduce fear and stigma and help parents navigate treatment choices...Head lice management in the school setting (Position Statement)


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Lice Lessons

Lice Lessons is an educational initiative focused on dispelling common head lice misperceptions, providing information about the value of engaging healthcare professionals and building awareness of new treatment options.


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Head Lice Management in Schools

A head lice infestation is not a communicable disease and no health risks have been associated with head lice (Pontius, 2014; CDC, 2015, para. 2; CDC, 2019, Do Head Lice Spread Disease section)


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Practice Topics

Allergies & Anaphylaxis Asthma Childhood Obesity Chronic Health Condition Management COVID-19 Cultural Competency Diabetes in Children Disaster Preparedness Drugs of Abuse Environmental Health Head Lice Immunizations Mental Health Oral Health Connections School Wellness Seasonal Influenza Sexual and Reproductive Health Violence in Schools Vision and Eye Health


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Educational Initiatives

See more Lice Lessons A portfolio of tools and resources to help reduce fear and stigma, and help parents navigate treatment choices


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Position Statements

Behavioral/Mental Health of Students, The School Nurse’s Role in (Amended August 2018) Bullying and Cyberbullying - Prevention in Schools (Adopted June 2018) Child Maltreatment, Prevention and Treatment of – The Role of the School Nurse (Adopted June 2018) Child Mortality in the School Setting (Revised June 2017) Chronic Absenteeism, School Nurses - An Integral Member of the School Team Addressing (Adopted June 2018) Chronic Health Conditions (Students with): The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2017) Concussions - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2016) Delegation, Nursing Delegation in the School Setting (Adopted June 2019) Diabetes Management in the School Setting (Revised February 2017) Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) – The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2018) Education, Licensure, and Certification of School Nurses (Revised June 2016) Electronic Health Records: An Essential Tool for School Nurses to Keep Students Healthy (Adopted January 2019) Emergency Preparedness (Revised June 2019 ) Environmental Health in the School Setting - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2018) Head Lice Management in Schools (Revised June 2020) Healthy Communities - The Role of the School Nurse (Adopted January 2018) IDEIA and Section 504 Teams - The School Nurse as an Essential Team Member (Adopted January 2018) Immunizations (Revised January 2020) Individualized Healthcare Plans to Support School Health Services, Use of (Revised January 2020) LGBTQ Students: The Role of the School Nurse (Revised 2016) Medication Administration in Schools (Revised February 2017) Naloxone in the School Setting (Revised June 2020) Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents in Schools - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised January 2018) Recess, Supporting Scheduled (Adopted January 2019) Reimbursement for School Nursing Services (Revised January 2018) Restraints, Seclusion and Corporal Punishment in the School Setting, Use of (Adopted June 2015) Role of the 21st Century School Nurse, The (Amended June 2018) School Health Services Team: Supporting Student Outcomes (Adopted January 2020) School-located Vaccination (Revised January 2018) School Nurse Workload: Staffing for Safe Care (Revised June 2020) School-sponsored Before, After, and Extended School Year Programs - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2018) School-sponsored Trips - The Role of the School Nurse (Amended June 2019) School Violence - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised January 2018) Service Animals in Schools (Revised June 2019) Sexual Health Education in Schools (Revised June 2017) Skin Cancer, Prevention of due to Ultraviolet Ray Exposure - The Role of the School Nurse (Adopted January 2018) Supervision and Evaluation of the School Nurse (Revised June 2018) Telehealth, The Role of School Nursing in (Adopted June 2017) Transition Planning for Students with Healthcare Needs (Adopted January 2019) Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: Implications for 21st Century School Nurses (Adopted June 2017)


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Funded Research Projects

Abstract 2002 Families Experiencing Persistent Head Lice Shirley Gordon, RN, PhD, Florida Gordon, S. (2007). Shared vulnerability: A theory of caring for children with persistent head lice


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Lisa Kern

Head lice management in schools (Position Statement)