NYSASN plays an active role in public policy issues that pertain to school health and the provision of professional school nursing services. To that end, NYSASN engages with elected officials to educate them about the impact of proposed legislation on the provision of school health and school nursing services.


Memorandum in Opposition to A 8123-B/S6141-D
Click here to read the full Memorandum in Opposition, related to the admission of unvaccinated students where parents submit a form stating that such vaccinations are contrary to their religious beliefs.

Click here to read and download NYSASN Talking Points in Opposition to A 8123 and S 6141.


Memorandum of Support for Assembly Bill A3899a and Senate Bill S3941a
Click here to read the full Memorandum of Support for the proposed act to grant schools access to a student’s blood lead information in the statewide immunization information system in order to provide appropriate educational service.


December 21, 2017:


New Education Standards for Future Nurses Will Improve Patient Care and Outcomes

Read the full press release here.



Bills Summary 2017 – 2018

A1842b, Morelle / S6768, Flanagan RN to BSN in 10

A0152, Cahill School nurses for the inspection of pupils

A0853, Gunther / S4635, Robach Requires school districts of big 5 to employ a minimum of one school nurse per school building

A3855, Colton / S2362, Parker School nurse on premises during school hours in any school having 100 or more pupils

A1026, Gantt Related to health services providers of schools not served by DOH in cities – advocates using alternative models of health services

A3899a, Morelle /S3941a, Hannon Grants schools access to a student’s blood lead level information in NYSIIS for identifying and interventions re children with history of lead poisoning

A2733, Gottfried / S5588, Hannon EMT community paramedicine

A1120, Rosenthal Annual school tap water testing

S2361, Parker / A0409, Miller MG Nebulizers on school grounds

S2723, Klein / A5161, Crespo Comprehensive asthma provisions

S2760, Klein / A5037, Crespo Omnibus obesity and respiratory illness reduction act

A4382, Titus Teachers trained to identify and respond to asthma

S2724b, Klein / A5151b, Crespo Obesity screening at school

A3851, Ortiz / S2257, Parker Requires phys ed in primary and secondary schools

A5037, Crespo / S2760, Klein Omnibus obesity

A6520, Paulin / S5679, Gallivan Licensed school personnel may adjust student insulin dosage under instruction from prescriber or from parent or guardian – doctors to give parameters in orders

A0679, Rosenthal Use of glucagon by persons other than licensed health care professional and epi at school

A0750, Gunther Dtap at 7th grade instead of 6th

A0933, Paulin and S0132, Hoylman Mandatory HPV for students born after January 1, 1998

S3546, Gianaris / A4894, Simotas Regarding documentation for religious exemption

S0601, Boyle Sets protocol for documenting religious exemption

S0163, Rivera Extends protections related to medical exemption

A3912, Thiele / S2955, Croci Districts report numbers of students requesting immunization exemptions

S0280, Hoylman Epinephrine on site at preschools and restaurants

A0299, Rosenthal / S2747, Golden New teachers trained in use of epi

A0529, Rosenthal Requires epis in schools; training of staff to identify and administer

A0681, Rosenthal / S0264, Hoylman Related to epi on overnights and camps

A0445a, Stirpe / S0465a, Robach Prohibits school districts from disallowing home schooled students from participating in district interscholastic sports

A0336, Rodriguez / S3265, Parker Requires students screened for eating disorders (on health certificates)

A6053a/S4971a Sepsis education in schools

A5800, Nolan / S4850, Marcellino Sepsis awareness and prevention for schools

A3244, Cusick / S3150, Lanza Heart exams for phys ed and sports (ECGs on physical forms)

S1297, Marcellino / A6050, Aubrey Dominic Murray sudden cardiac arrest prevention act – still using ‘signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest’

A0347, Rosenthal Free feminine hygiene products at school

A0880, Gunther Creates a state board for national certification of school nurse grant program

A0336/S3265 Screening for eating disorders on physical form

S6206 Random testing for anabolic steroids in athletes in public and private schools

NYSASN Members Visit Legislators in Albany

President Betsy Williams, President Elect Mary Fitzpatrick, Legislation Chair Stacey Marye, Zone 12 Representatives Kanika Moxley and Sandra Perkins, and NYSASN member Gail Smilkstein met with their local legislators in Albany on June 6, 2017. They also met with sponsors of the bills on NYSASN’s Advocacy agenda.

The NYSASN representatives also met with Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, sponsor of A1842B, requiring future nurses to obtain a BSN within ten years after licensure as RN.

Pictured at right, L to R: Gail Smilkstein (Zone 4), Kanika Moxley (Zone 12 Co-Rep), NYSASN President Betsy Williiams, Assemblyman and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D.Morelle, NYSASN President-Elect Mary Fitzpatrick, Stacey Marye (Legislation Chair) and Sandra Perkins (Zone 12 Co-Rep)


Together, we can ensure that every New York State school student has a Registered Professional School Nurse at their school to provide quality nursing services.



  1. Find your NYS legislator:
    Find your Senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees
    Find your Assembly Member: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/
  1. Write/email/call/visit your state legislators to request that they support the following bills and sign on as a co-sponsor:
    A3855, Colton/S2362, Parker: School nurse on premises during school hours in any school having 100 or more pupils
    A0853, Gunther/S4635, Robach: Would require school districts in largest five New York cities to employ a minimum of one school nurse per school buildingA0152, Cahill: School nurses for the inspection of pupils in schools
  1. If your legislator is one of the bill sponsors indicated above, express support for the bill.

4. Cite any or all of the following points from the NASN document: School Nurses: Supporting Education, Advancing
Student Health (https://www.nasn.org/Portals/0/about/making_the_connection.pdf):

  • School nurses have served a critical role in improving public health and in ensuring students’ academic success for more than 100 years
  • School nurses provide early access to care when children’s cognitive development is at its peak
  • School nurses promote wellness and disease prevention to improve health outcomes for our nation’s children
  • School nurses are members of school-based mental health teams, along with school counselors, psychologists and social workers
  • School nurses use their specialized knowledge, assessment skills and judgement to manage children’s increasingly complex medical conditions and chronic health illnesses
  1. State that school nurses influence student attendance and reduce health care expenditures with preventative care and chronic health management https://www.nasn.org/portals/0/about/The_Case_for_School_Nursing.pdf
  2. Provide copies or links to the following support documents: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Policy-Statement-Recommends-Full-Time-Nurse-in-Every-School.aspx



Links to supporting documents will be posted here as they become available.