New York State Association of School Nurses

Caring for New York’s Future


Advancing the Practice of School Nursing


Advancing the Practice of School Nursing

Enhancing the Educational Success of Students


Enhancing the Educational Success of Students

Promoting Quality Health Services

Promoting Quality Health Services

New York State

Association of School Nurses

Caring for New York’s Future

 Our Mission: To advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health service.

President’s Message
February 2016

Much has been said about the role of the School Nurse being more than “handing out bandages and tissues.” There has been increasing press coverage of the necessity of our presence in schools. We know, and intelligent members of the public know, that we are highly skilled professionals who engage in evidence-based practice, utilizing the latest scientific research for the benefit of our students and their families. (See what Edie Brous, Esq., PC, says in our News and Announcements section … . (read more)


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Critical Link Between Health and Eduction

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services release joint letter and toolkit addressing critical link between health and education.

Read more and find out how school nurses can assist their schools in providing the necessary resources to ensure all students are ready and able to learn.  As Acting Secretary John King has stated, “Healthy students are better learners and better positioned to thrive in school and later in life.”

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Now accepting registrations for two great professional education events:

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March 12, 2016
Double Tree by Hilton Syracuse

Session topics include Neurological Assessment, Advancing School Nursing through Advocacy, Communicable Diseases, and Effective Handling of Difficult Situations in the Workplace.

Download the full conference brochure and registration form here.

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016   Register ASAP as space is limited!

School Nurse Orientation

August 15-18, 2016
Welch Allyn Conference Center

A professional development conference for registered professional nurses and school medical directors who are new to the specialty practice of school nursing. This four-day educational event offers a comprehensive introduction to school nursing standards and best practices, while providing an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues.

Download the complete brochure with registration information here.

American Heart Month

February is the month to educate and raise awareness about heart disease. For resources to help in raising awareness and educating you and others on preventing heart disease and living heart healthy lives, click here:

February 5, 2016 is National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day is a day to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, a leading killer in women. Click here for further info, free tools and resources:

National Children’s Dental Health Month

These sites are great resources to help educate parents, caregivers, guardians and students on good oral health practices.
American Dental Association:
National Education Association:


2016 Excellence in School Nurse Administration (EISNA) Award

The National Association of School Nurses publicly recognizes School Nurse Administrators nationwide by annually honoring one School Nurse Administrator of the Year from each affiliate. Join us in our effort to honor a NYS School Nurse Administrator this year.

The criteria for the award are listed here. Please review and consider nominating a School Nurse Administrator. Nominations will be accepted by email. The nomination form may be downloaded here. The deadline is February 15, 2016.

In 2014, Flora McEntee MS, BSN, RN, SNT, Program Coordinator/Administrator, School Health Services Program, Monroe 1 BOCES/Rochester City School District was the first recipient of the award in NYS.

Any questions, email Janice McPhee at