A school nurse is a Registered Professional Nurse responsible for protecting and promoting the health of all students. The goal is to maximize each student's potential to learn and grow by providing the best possible health care and ensuring a healthy learning environment.
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.