School nursing is the pivotal component in continuity of care of school health services. The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning by acting as an advocate for students and a liaison between the home, the school, and the health community regarding concerns that affect a student’s ability to learn.
To address the growing need for nurses with the knowledge base and expertise in this area, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) have collaborated to produce the second edition of School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, set for release in late July.
The original Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice was published by NASN in conjunction with ANA in 2001 and expanded in 2005. For this new edition, a workgroup of school nurse experts has updated that material to reflect the specialty’s continued professional growth and the changes and challenges of education settings. The workgroup comprised 10 school nurse experts from around the country who contributed to the writing of this edition and have worked in a variety of school nursing practice settings, including academia, administration, consulting, government, and professional organizations.
The school nursing standards and their accompanying competencies describe and measure the expected level of school nursing practice and professional performance. Built on ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice for all RNs, these standards are authoritative statements of the duties that school nurses should competently perform. Comprising two sets — the standards of practice and the standards of professional performance — they define how outcomes for school nurse activities can be measured.
The standards of practice reflect the six steps of the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification, implementation, planning, and evaluation), which is the foundation for the critical thinking of all RNs. The standards of professional performance describe the expected behaviors expected of the nurse in the role of a school nurse, including one unique to this specialty for the management of school health services.
Also included in this book is a detailed statement on the scope of school nursing practice. This discussion describes the context of this specialty practice, effectively answering the essential questions: the who, what, where, when, why, and how of school nursing practice.
ANA is accepting pre-publication orders online at www.nursesbooks.org. Customers save $5 off the list price for orders placed by July 3. Customers ordering by phone should call the fulfillment center at (800) 637-0323.
— Francine Bennett is a senior marketing specialist at ANA.