According to 49 PA Code, Section 21.11(d), the Board of Nursing "recognized standards of practice and professional codes of behavior, as developed by appropriate nursing associations, as the criteria for assuring safe and effective practice. These standards can be found in publications from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN):
ANA Essentials of Nursing Practice Package
(2015) Nurses seeking to create exemplary practice environments refer to this package to guide them in their daily practice, thinking and decision-making. This package includes: Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition (2015); Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and application, 2nd Edition (2015)
; and Guide to Nursing's Policy Statement: Understanding the Profession from Social Contract to Social Covenant
ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
(2015) The American Nurses Association is proud to announce a completely updated Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
(The Code). This book is the definitive framework for ethical analysis and decision-making for RNs across all practice levels, roles and settings. The Code, consisting of nine provisions and the accompanying interpretive statements:
- Provides a succinct statement of the ethical values, obligations, and duties of every individual who enters the nursing profession.
- Serves as the profession’s nonnegotiable ethical standard.
- Expresses nursing’s own understanding of its commitment to society.
ANA and NASN School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd edition
(2011) The Standards of School Nursing Practice and their accompanying compentencies describe and measure the expected level of school nursing practice and professional performance. This publication includes a detailed statement on the scope of nursing practice, effectively answering the essential questions: the who, what, where, when, why and how.
CPR Certification Required for School Nurses (Act 107 of 2014)
By July 1, 2015, all school nurses are required to be CPR-certified through a Department of Health-approved certifying agency and maintain certification within the time frame established by the approved certifying agency. Only CPR courses for Healthcare Professionals will be accepted. The list of approved courses
(updated July 2015)
has been adapted from the Bureau of EMS list for emergency medical providers. A valid Instructor card representing any of the approved courses is also acceptable.
NEW- March 16, 2016. Clarification from the Board of Nursing (BON) on licensure renewal and
child abuse training:
1. The training must have taken place within the two year licensure period.
2. The training must be on either the PDE or BON list of approved courses.
3. The certificate must be from the approved provider, not the school district.
Evaluation of Non-Teaching Professionals The evaluation rubric and guiding questions for Certified School Nurses and Certified School Dental Hygienists have been finalized and went into effect school year 2014-15. Developed by a team of Certified School Nurse and Certified School Dental Hygienist leaders, these documents provide an evaluation tool specific to school nurse practice. Educational Specialists will NOT be required to complete Student Learning Objectives.
PennsylvaniaDepartment of Education (PDE) Resources for Certification
Certification Information This page of the PDE website provides fees, forms, FAQs and access to the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS), the on-line system for submitting certification requests.
Certification and Staffing Policy Guidelines (CSPG) The CSPGs provide guidance and clarification regarding: 1) the issuance of professional certificates, including emergency certification; 2) content scope of certificate subject areas and 3) appropriate certificate for staffing professional positions in public schools.
requirements and instructions for converting a Level I certificate to a Level II.
Updated: July 17, 2016