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School Nurse of the Year

Each year the New Hampshire School Nurses' Association gives school districts throughout the state the opportunity to nominate their school nurse for NH School Nurse of the Year.

This award recognizes an outstanding school nurse for her contributions to the school and community.  

To be eligible for this award your school nurse must meet the following criteria:

  • is licensed as a Registered Nurse by the NH Board of Nursing
  • has been practicing school nursing for a minimum of three years
  • Is a member of the New Hampshire School Nurse Association for this year and the prior year without lapse of membership
  • shows evidence of excellence in school nursing practice
  • Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2016.

For information on the nomination process contact Cathy Forrest at 

Click here to download more information.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Step Up and Be Counted!

New Hampshire is participating in the Step Up and Be Counted project sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses.  Our State Data Champion Coordinator is NHSNA board member, Past President Nancy Wells RN, MS, NSCN.  Working with her will be UNH senior nursing students as part of their Public Health Project course.  Students will be contacting school nurses to collect data from all schools in New Hampshire.  A message from the students to you:

     "We will be reaching out to all public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the state of NH from grades k-12 beginning on October 1st. We are collecting data to determine the population of the school, the number of nurses in each school, whether the nurses are full time or part time, and the number of students in each school that has one of the following chronic conditions; asthma, diabetes type I, diabetes type II, anaphylaxis, or epilepsy. We look forward to collaborating with you as we work towards our goal or surveying every school in New Hampshire"

Questions?  Contact Nancy Wells at

Free SOS Suicide Prevention Program

 Screening for Mental Health (SMH) would like to invite your staff to a FREE suicide prevention training in Abington, Mass. at Emerald Hall at 30 Central Street on Dec. 11. SMH created the training to support the implementation of its nationally recognized, evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. This training is provided free of charge thanks to the support of the Makayla Fund.


This is a half day training appropriate for any school staff or community members who will implement the SOS program or provide gatekeeper training. Topics include:


Warning signs, risk factors, and symptoms of depression and suicide in youth

  • How to respond to youth at risk
  • SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program implementation best practices
  • How to talk safely to teens about suicide
  • Training adults in your communities and schools to support at-risk youth in seeking help
  • Tips on breaking down barriers to youth suicide prevention and action steps

 As you may know, Massachusetts recently passed legislation that encourages school personnel to receive training on suicide prevention. Staff who attend this training will be prepared to return to their schools and deliver suicide prevention gatekeeper training to all staff.


The SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. In a randomized controlled study, the SOS program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40%. (BMC Public Health, July 2007)


To learn more about the trainings, feel free to contact Chelsea Biggs at or 781.591.0071. You can also register at the link below:





Conference Registration is Open!

12 Mar 2016 8:00 AM • SERESC 29 Commerce Dr. Bedford, NH 03110

NHSNA Announces 3-day School Nurse Essentials and Beyond

Day One: October 17th, 2015
Day Two: November 14, 2015
Day Three: March 12, 2016

Celebrate your specialty! Whether you are a new school nurse, or a seasoned veteran, this 3-Day series refreshes your skills and re-invigorates your passion for what you do.  Network with other NH school nurses from around the state. Members receive a $25 discount off the conference fee. Click on the registration page (above) for more information.  Questions? Contact us at:

Benefits of Joining NHSNA

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The New Hampshire Association of School Nurses is a statewide collaboration of School Nurses.  We are here to support school nurses and all they do to maintain a healthy environment for our children.
This website is here so you can learn more about school nursing and our association and to provide an online community and resource to NHSNA members.  Support your fellow School Nurses by joining NHSNA.

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Delegation Documents Released

The following documents on DELEGATION have been approved by the board of the New Hampshire School Nurses' Association.

Standards of Delegation: A Guide for NH School Nurses

Glucagon Administration Training Checklist

NHSNA Position Statement on Delegation of Glucagon

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