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.

Attention School Nurses!

Please be sure to click here and check out the latest changes to NYSDOH Immunization Regulations.

These changes reflect the seriousness of ensuring all children are properly immunized. Perhaps the most important change to the regulations is the requirement that physicians are now required to enter the reason for their medical exemptions in NYSIIS. In addition, it requires the use of medical exemption forms approved by the New York State Department of Health or New York City Department of Education; a written statement from a physician is no longer allowed. 


NYSASN 2019 – 2020 Legislative Priorities

Legislation Pertaining to Professional Nursing Practice:

NYSASN Supports the Following Legislation:

  • A00553: Relates to the employment of school nurses for the inspection of pupils attending certain public schools; relates to school districts and boards of cooperative educational services.
  • A04926: Requires a school nurse to be on the premises during school hours in any school having an enrollment of 100 pupils or more.
  • A00359: Relates to when school personnel may adjust a student’s dosage of insulin: under instructions from the prescriber or instructions from the parent or person in parental relationship where explicitly authorized by the prescriber.

Legislation Pertaining to Student Health and Safety:

NYSASN Supports the Following Legislation:

  • A2371: Repeals provisions relating to exemption from vaccination due to religious beliefs.
    Update: Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo on June 13, 2019.
  • A1135: Provides that persons in parental relation to a child refusing to immunize such child for religious reasons, shall file with the school an affidavit signed by a physician, stating that such physician has explained to the parent, parents or guardian the risks to the child and to other individuals of failure to immunize the child.
  • A2316: Relates to mandatory influenza vaccine for persons attending daycare.
  • S0298: Provides for the immunization of all children born after January 1, 2008 with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

NYSASN Supports the Following Student and School Safety Legislation:

  • A4484: Relates to classroom safety mechanisms, emergency medical equipment, and evidence-based best practices for school safety planning and training.
  • A4876: Establishes the “Dominic Murray sudden cardiac arrest prevention act”; directs the commissioners of education and health to establish rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students of school districts, boards of cooperative educational services and nonpublic schools who exhibit signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • S1297: Directs promulgation of rules and regulations concerning removal of ticks from pupils and notification to parents.

NYSASN Opposes the Following Religious and Medical Exemption Legislation:

  • S3424: Creates a statewide, uniform religious belief exemption form to be available in all schools.
  • S0477: Extends the protections of the medical exemption from mandatory immunizations for students to ensure deference to the professional assessments of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the care of their individual patients.


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.

December 21, 2017:

Governor Cuomo Signs Morelle and Flanagan Legislation to Strengthen Education Requirements for Future Registered Nurses 

New Education Standards for Future Nurses Will Improve Patient Care and Outcomes.   Read the full press release here.

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/
  2. 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.