School Nursing

School Nursing

We have 33 School Nursing Programs in our database.

One of the most popular nursing fields is located in the heart of school systems. For years, schools have relied on nurses within this discipline to assist with the needs of students. School nurses work one-on-one with students to ensure that all illnesses and ailments are cared for immediately.

According to the National Association of School Nurses, “school nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students.” School nurses work in elementary, middle and high schools, and even colleges. One of the main benefits of working as a school nurse is the schedule; school nurses work the same hours that school is in session, Monday through Friday with summers and holidays off.

What Do School Nurses Do?

School nurses ensure that students and staff meet the health requirements for attendance, such as vaccinations and routine health exams. School nurses also tend to injuries that occur on school grounds and assist students who become ill while at school. They can administer prescribed medication and, quite often, are responsible for storing that medication safely. If necessary, the nurse can advise that the student return home or even go to the hospital if advanced care becomes necessary.

“Perhaps one of the most important roles of the school nurse is to provide support and information to students as they progress through their education.”Perhaps one of the most important roles of the school nurse is to provide support and information to students as they progress through their education. The school years can be a difficult time for students, and many school nurses report great satisfaction in being able to encourage the students in building their ability to self-manage, self-advocate and adapt to their changing environment.

Students must also be educated on matters of nutrition, physical exercise, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health. The school nurse should be a reliable source of information and be able to provide students with this information in a non-judgmental manner.

State Certification Requirements for School Nurses

Some states require that school nurses obtain state certification before being able to practice. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) website has information about each states requirements, or you can check with your State Board of Nursing for guidance. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses also offers a certification exam that experienced nurses can earn. Current practice as a school nurse, unrestricted nursing license, and passing the certification exam are required before a nurse is certified.

Career as a School Nurse

For instance, as a school nurse, an individual will find that there is an exceptional amount of satisfaction associated with this position. These nurses work under the supervision of a school coordinator and mostly experience independent working conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports school nursing salaries around $57,950 in recent counts. This field reports lower earnings than other specialties, likely due to the long breaks during the summer and having a set schedule. Regardless, this field is one that draws in individuals that enjoy working with children. It maintains its place as one of the most popular nursing professions available.

Check out the websites for the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of State School Board Consultants, Inc or the American Federation of Teachers for additional information.

List of School Nurse Programs

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Alvernia University

Reading, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: RN to MSN, Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: MSN School Health Services, Post Baccalaureate School Nurse Certification
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate
Ashland University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: RN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Nurse Licensure
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Certified School Nurse
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - Fresno

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Direct entry MSN
Programs: Master's Entry School Nurse Services Credential
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Masters Certification, Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: Post Baccalaureate Health Services School Nurse, Post Master's Health Services School Nurse
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Health
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - Northridge

Northridge, CA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Services Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate
California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN School Nurse, Post-Masters School Nurse Credential
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
California State University - San Bernardino

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Cleveland State University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Nurse Licensure Preparation
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
College of New Jersey - The

Ewing, NJ

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certification
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Eastern Mennonite University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Leadership/School Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate
Gannon University

Erie, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certification
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certification Program
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Kean University

Union, NJ

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN: School Nursing
Accreditation: ACEN Master's, ACEN Baccalaureate
La Roche College

Pittsburgh, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Masters Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certificate Program
Accreditation: ACEN Associate, ACEN Baccalaureate, ACEN Master's
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 72.73% (2014)
Miami University

Hamilton, OH

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Licensure Program
Accreditation: ACEN Associate, ACEN Baccalaureate, CCNE Baccalaureate
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 33.33% (2014)
Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN, Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: MSN School Nursing, School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Ohio University

Athens, OH

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse License
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's, ACEN Associate
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 77.22% (2014)
Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey-Camden

Newark, NJ

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certification
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Seton Hall University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN, Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: MSN School Nursing, School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Wisconsin- Madison

Madison, WI

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: School Nurse Certification
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Wright State University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN School Nurse, Post Master's Certificate School Nurse Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Specialties: School Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN CNS School Nursing
Accreditation: ACEN Baccalaureate, ACEN Master's
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 81.91% (2014)