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"School nursing is a specialized practice of 

professional nursing 
that advances the well-

being, academic success, and life-long 

achievement of students.  To that end, school 

nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; 

promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential 

health problems; provide case management services; and actively 

collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for 

adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning." 

Adopted by the National Association of School Nurses, June 1999

"There is a recognized relationship between

health and learning, as there is between 

school nurse availability and student 

well-being and educational success."

American Academy of Pediatrics


For the most recent article, "The Role of the School Nurse" from the American Academy of Pediatrics, click Role of the School Nurse, March 31, 2015.

The recent position statement from the National Association of School Nurses about school nurse presence in schools for safety and cost effectiveness is accessible at:  School Nurse Workload: Staffing for Safe Care: NASN position paper (2015)