School Nurse

Standards of Practice

Standard 1. Assessment
  • The SN collects comprehensive data pertinent to the healthcare consumer's health and/or situation.

Standard 2. Diagnosis

  • The SN analyzes the assessment data to determine the diagnoses or issues.

Standard 3. Outcomes Identification

  • The SN identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the healthcare.

Standard 4. Planning

  • The SN develops a plan that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes.

Standard 5. Implementation

  • The SN implements the identified plan. 

5. A. Coordination of Care

  • The SN coordinates care delivery.

5. B. Health Teaching and Health Promotion

  • The SN employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment, especially regarding health education.

5. C. Consultation

  • The SN provides consultation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of others, and effect change.

5. D. Prescriptive Authority and Treatment

  • The ARPN uses prescriptive authority, procedures, referrals, treatments, and therapies in accordance with state/federal laws.

Standard 6. Evaluation

  • The SN evaluates the progress toward attainment of outcomes.

Standards of Professional Performance

Standard 7. Ethics

  • The SN practices ethically.

Standard 8. Education

  • The SN attains knowledge and competence that reflect current nursing practice.

Standard 9. Evidence-Based Practice and Research

  • The SN integrates evidence and research findings into practice.

Standard 10. Quality of Practice

  • The SN Contributes to quality nursing practice.

Standard 11. Communication

  • The SN communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.

Standard 12. Leadership

  • The SN demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession.

Standard 13. Collaboration

  • The SN collaborates with the healthcare consumer, family, school staff, and others in the conduct of nursing practice.

Standard 14. Professional Practice Evaluation

  • The SN evaluates one's own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statues, rules, and regulations.

Standard 15. Resource Utilization

  • The SN utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.

Standard 16. Environmental Health

  • The SN practices in an environmentally safe and healthy manner.

Standard 17. Program Management

  • The SN manages school health services.


From: National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association. (2011). School nursing Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). MD: