News from the National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recognized California Congressmen Dr. Raul Ruiz and Adam Schiff with the Lillian Wald Legislator/Public Policy Award for their work introducing the “Helping Educators Respond to Overdoses” or HERO Act. Lillian Wald coined the term public health nurse and appointed Lina Rogers, the first school nurse out of the Henry St. Settlement in NYC in 1902. 

NASN is pleased to recognize the February National Health Observances: American Heart MonthNational Children’s Dental Health MonthTeen Dating Violence Awareness MonthInternational Epilepsy Day, and Seizure Action Plans Awareness Week, just to mention a few.

Last month, NASN leaders met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for and promote school nursing practice and student health, well-being, and safety.  Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (NURSE) Act,
  • One School, One Nurse Act (to promote a FT RN in U.S. schools – the further west a student lives, the less access they have to an RN at school – see the NASN Workforce Study)
  • Grow SISPs ACT (Growing, Recruiting, and Obtaining Workers in Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Services)

NASN has issued new School Nursing Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with Seizures and Epilepsy and Implementation Toolkit are now available to assist school nurses in providing care to students with seizure disorders.

Save the date to celebrate School Nurse Day on May 8, 2024. Find this year’s logo and proclamation at

NASN2024, NASN’s 56th Annual Conference, offers two events: In-Person NASN2024, June 28 – July 1, 2024, hosted in Chicago, Illinois, and Virtual NASN2024, July 8 – 10, 2024, online.

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