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According to the Pennsylvania Public School Code, all students are to have access to school nurse services. School nurses are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree, licensed by the Department of State, Board of Nursing, and certified by the Department of Education. School nurses work under the same Nurse Practice Act and rules as registered nurses in any other practice setting.   

In June 2016, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) updated their definition of school 
nursing: "School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that 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 potentials." 

New Nurses: Your License to Practice The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN) .developed this video, to help newly licensed nurses better understand nursing licensure and regulation. It also serves as a reminder to experienced nurses.    

Recommended Essential References for School Health (2016)


Resources for Medical Abbreviations

Taber's Medical Dictionary Online

Joint Commission (JCAHO) Official "Do Not Use" List of Abbreviations       


Updated: Jan. 10, 2017