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school nurse certification

Originally posted by hadden:

Is there a program in Georgia to become a certified school nurse?

I am going to refer you to the National Association of School Nurses http://www.nasn.org

or email them at nasn@nasn.org

Certification can be obtained through ANA, a national School Nurse Certification group (see nasn WEB PAGE), and individual states. Here in MN we have a separate license.


Martha Dewey Bergren



Is there a program in Georgia to become a certified school nurse?

There isn't a certification program in GA and at the present time it isn't a requirement to be a school nurse. You can become certified through exam offered at different sites, do contact NASN or ANA for more info. I am presently the secretary for Georgia Association of School Nurses. We are now at 183 members. For more info, check out our web site: //groups.accessatlanta.com/gasn/

I encourage all school nurses thinking about taking this test to "go for it". I was not convinced that my high school or District would really understand , but I'm glad to say I was wrong. All of the teachers who have National Board Certification at my school made sure to come by to congratulate me. I also received recognition at the school board meeting and on the District website. Because I provided documentation about the exam beforehand, the District agreed to reimburse me for the cost of the test if I passed. The lead nurse in my District also is certified and was extremely supportive.

This does not make me a "better" nurse merely by initials, but it does seem to change the way I am perceived with educators.

Highland Lass

The DEADLINE for the next National Board for the Certification of School Nurses certification exam is December 31, 2008. The exam is administered 2 weeks in February, 2009 and is administered in computer testing centers around the US.

NBCSN http://www.nbcsn.com develops and implements the voluntary certification process of school nurses. NBCSN is a member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

The new Certification preparation manual is sold on the NASN web site http://www.nasn.org

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