The National Association of School Nurses is pleased to announce that Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE, has been named Executive Director, effective August 7, 2023. Dr. Hinkley succeeds Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, FNASN, who retired April 28, 2023, after serving NASN since 2011.
Dr. Hinkley currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, is President of the American Board of Nursing Specialties, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Previously she was the Workforce Innovation Officer at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. In 2020, Terri advocated for the medical-surgical nursing anti-racism pledge and an intentional DEI commitment. Terri’s doctorate focused on organizational learning, specifically, how to prepare the workforce for the future.
“School nursing is a unique and important nursing specialty, providing both acute care and public health and school nurses have a significant impact on health equity and the social determinants of health,” said Hinkley, “As NASN’s new Executive Director I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to advocate on behalf of school nurses and the students and communities they serve—to fight for the resources they need, the respect they deserve, and the recognition of the invaluable work accomplished by school nurses every day.”
In addition, as students head back to school, we celebrate August as National Immunization Awareness Month! School nurses promote state immunization requirements to reduce the spread of vaccine preventable diseases. NASN provides a multitude of resources to promote vaccine compliance including:
- Position Statements:
- For talking with communities about vaccines: Champions for School Health – National Association of School Nurses (nasn.org) – the resource page includes a library of resources created by grantees to address vaccine confidence (these were primarily focused on COVID-19 vaccine)
- For implementing School -located vaccination clinics NASN School Nurse – Volume 37, Number 1_suppl, Jan 01, 2022 (sagepub.com)
The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 19,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas school nurses. The mission of the NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. To learn more about NASN, please visit www.nasn.org