There are many benefits to joining VASN and NASN including direct access to the VASN Discussion Group, Member Directory and Resource Library. In addition, you’ll receive CEU Hours, access to our newsletter and the NASN School Nurse — a clinical journal published six times a year. Click here for a complete list of benefits.
Can I join VASN if I practice outside of the United States?carissa2020-11-06T17:43:32+00:00
Yes. VASN and NASN welcome school nurses employed by Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and in International Schools. School nurses not employed by DoDDS or in International Schools may join NASN only.
What are the different VASN membership categories?carissa2020-11-06T17:42:54+00:00
You can join online with a credit card, purchase order, or check by clicking this link. Please send your purchase order or join to NASN, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 925, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – FAX: 301-585-1791. Application submissions vary depending on payment option. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
How do I find out who the school nurse is at my child’s school?carissa2021-02-05T22:41:40+00:00
If you’re hoping to find out who your child’s school nurse is, one of our Regional Directors would be happy to help. Click here to identify your region and the best point of contact for your Regional Director.
What is the difference between a health aid, LPN, and a registered school nurse?carissa2020-11-12T15:49:26+00:00
Unlike professional school nurses, health aides are not licensed health professionals. With minimal training from the health department, they work under the direction of the Public Health Registered Nurse who is often assigned multiple schools, each of which can have thousands of students.
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a nurse who cares for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled. LPN training programs typically take up to two years to complete and an extensive exam is required before the student can receive their license. LPNs work under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
A registered school nurse is a nurse who specializes in nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. They have also graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by the state’s licensing body to obtain a nursing license. Registered school nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who 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 potential.
Why does every school in Virginia need a registered school nurse?carissa2021-02-05T22:44:34+00:00
Professional school nurses are essential in identifying and addressing health issues which impact school performance. There is a plethora of evidence and case study data proving that the work of dedicated, on-site registered school nurses increases attendance and instructional time, promotes safety, decreases emergency and crisis management response times, and provides so many additional health and educational benefits. Learn more on our Value of a School Nurse page.
Does every school in Virginia currently employ a registered school nurse?carissa2020-11-06T16:09:07+00:00
Currently, school nurses are not built into Virginia’s Standards of Quality and are not defined by legislation, which is one of the things that VASN is trying to establish. A school can technically hire a nursing assistant or a [licensed practical nurse] and call that person their school nurse.
Is there a national certification for school nurses?carissa2020-11-06T16:08:26+00:00
School nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who 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 potential.
How can I nominate a school nurse for a scholarship?carissa2021-02-05T22:46:36+00:00
Founded in 1984, the Virginia Association of School Nurses is a nonprofit organization that advocates for professional school nursing and advances the quality of health services and education for all students in the Commonwealth.