Standards of practice
Standard 1. Assessment
The school nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the healthcare consumer’s health and/or situation.
Standard 2. Diagnosis
The school nurse analyzes the assessment data to determine the diagnoses or issues.
Standard 3. Outcomes identification
The school nurse identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the healthcare.
Standard 4. Planning
The school nurse develops a plan that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes.
Standard 5. Implementation
The school nurse implements the identified plan.
5.A Coordination of care
The SN coordinates care delivery.
5.B Health teaching and health promotion
The school nurse employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment, especially regarding health education.
The school nurse provides consultation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of others, and effect change.
5.D Prescriptive authority and treatment
The ARPN uses prescriptive authority, procedures, referrals, treatments, and therapies in accordance with state/federal laws.
Standard 6. Evaluation
The school nurse evaluates the progress toward attainment of outcomes.
Standards of professional performance
Standard 7. Ethics
The school nurse practices ethically.
Standard 8. Education
The school nurse attains knowledge and competence that reflect current nursing practice.
Standard 9. Evidence-based practice and research
The school nurse integrates evidence and research findings into practice.
Standard 10. Quality of practice
The school nurse contributes to quality nursing practice.
Standard 11. Communication
The school nurse communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.
Standard 12. Leadership
The school nurse demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession.
Standard 13. Collaboration
The school nurse collaborates with the healthcare consumer, family, school staff, and others in the conduct of nursing practice.
Standard 14. Professional practice evaluation
The school nurse evaluates one’s own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statues, rules, and regulations.
Standard 15. Resource utilization
The school nurse utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.
Standard 16. Environmental health
The school nurse practices in an environmentally safe and healthy manner.
Standard 17. Program management
The school nurse manages school health services.
From: National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association. (2011). School nursing Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). MD: nursesbooks.org.