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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):
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.
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.  
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.
This guide walks nurses through every standard and provides real-world scenarios and case studies to help guide nursing practice.
Sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses, this webinar provides a real-life application for using the standards daily.
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. 
All professional licensees identified as mandated reporters are required to have completed child abuse recognition training. Three hours are required for initial licensing and two hours for each licensure cycle (every two years). Additional information and resources are available on the Special Concerns, Child Abuse page of this website.
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. 
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. 
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Resources for Certification
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.
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.
This CSPG provides requirements and instructions for converting a Level I certificate to a Level II.  
Updated: January 2018