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DOE School Nurse Coordinator

Nancy A. Wells, MS RN NCSN

School Nursing Coordinator

Office of Student Wellness

Department of Education

Concord, NH

603 271-2960

President's Message

September 27, 2016

Hi Colleagues,

It is a pleasure and a great honor to serve the next 2 years as President for your professional association. School Nurses have a very rewarding yet challenging role and I want to thank all of you for the positive healthy changes you provide for your school community each and every day.

The NHSNA Board of Directors continue to work diligently to bring NH School Nurse Practice into the 21st century. I want to thank the NHSNA Board of Directors for all their hard work and volunteering this summer to give up a full day to attend a board retreat. This particular retreat was like starting a new chapter for NH school nurses. We redesigned the logo for the association and updated our mission statement and vision. We used the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) "Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice" to help guide us in developing our strategic plan. 

As your president, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 NASN conference in Indianapolis where the theme was "Learning, Linking, Leading". Networking with other professional school nurses around the country opens ones eyes to all kinds of possibilities and ideas of how school nurses can make a positive impact in the health care system. School nurses who stand up for students health and wellness, for those who otherwise may not have a voice, will positively impact the health of our future generation.

Today is probably one of the most important times in history that a school nurse needs to become a member of their professional organization. Being actively involved with your association keeps you current on trends and provides opportunities to make positive changes in your profession. Being a positive change agent for school nursing will greatly impact the health of your school community. I believe one very important role of being a school nurse is to be a leader and advocate for quality school health services, especially within your own school community. A school nurse must continually work on developing their leadership style. One opportunity to develop your leadership, that comes to my mind, is volunteering to serve on the NHSNA Board of Directors. The association has position openings on the board and we are seeking interested school nurses to volunteer to serve their association. Please contact us at if you are interested or have any questions.

On another note, NH Department of Education has raised the standards for school nursing. As of July 1, 2016 a school nurse that is hired after this date must have their Bachelors in Nursing and become certified by the NH Department of Education. According to Nancy Wells, the School Nursing Coordinator, if you were hired before this date you are already considered certified by the DOE and will follow the rules to maintain your certification. Watch for more details on the NHSNA web-site.

In closing, I hope you will be able to attend the Fall meeting this year and network with your colleagues over dinner, listen to an engaging speaker and learn about what NHSNA is working on and the plans for the future.

Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy School Year!

Linda Compton, MS RN

Upcoming events

10 Mar 2017 8:00 AM • Concord Country Club 22 Country Club Lane, Concord, NH

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 a registered professional nurse
  • Has been practicing school nursing for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Must be a current member of NHSNA, as well as a member last year (two consecutive years).
  • Shows evidence of excellence in school nursing practice.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 1, 2017  DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM


For questions, contact Kathy Barth 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.

Only MEMBERS have access to discounts to NHSNA conferences.  Only MEMBERS have access to our member's only page.  A place for sharing forms, advocacy, sample care plans and more!  Membership is only $45!   JOIN NHSNA TODAY  and receive instant access to the members only page after payment.

Governor Hassan, Commissioner Barry Announce Department of Education Awarded $12 Million Federal Children's Behavioral Health Grant

CONCORD – As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen behavioral health services for children, Governor Maggie Hassan and Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Virginia Barry announced that DOE's Office of Student Wellness has been awarded a four year, $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Mission and Vision

Mission: As registered professional school nurses, we provide comprehensive school health services to ensure that all students achieve their full education potential.

Vision: New Hampshire School Nurses Association (NHSNA) provides leadership and education to support New Hampshire school nurse standards of practice, care coordination, leadership, quality improvement, and community public health.

New Hampshire school nurses are committed to promoting the health of students and school communities through evidence based clinical practice, health promotion, and education. NH school nurses are integral members of the school leadership and education teams, and are committed to collaborating with professional organizations and health care teams. Through strength in membership and advocacy, NHSNA creates the infrastructure to promote excellence in school nurse practice across the state.

HOT TOPIC: Naloxone

The New Hampshire School Nurses' Association formed a study committee in October 2015 to look at the issue of Naloxone in the schools.  Their work is now complete and the board of the NHSNA approved this position statement for distribution.

Download Naloxone Position Statement

Opioid related  overdose kills hundreds in New Hampshire every year. Many of these deaths are preventable with the timely use of an opioid antagonist (naloxone) as well as the quick summoning of EMS and the initiation of care. NH school nurses, as allowed by local administration and policy, are in the position to administer life-saving measures in the event of an opioid overdose. In addition, as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, school nurses are also in the unique position to provide prevention awareness and support to students, family, faculty, and staff-- a critical step in the on-going management of substance abuse and misuse.

In response to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, the state has created the campaign "Anyone. Anytime." to educate the public and professionals about addiction, emergency overdose medications, and support services for anyone experiencing opioid addiction. 

NH Naloxone laws and resources: 

Anyone, Anytime  DrugfreeNH

House Bill 270 - Good Samaritan Law
House Bill 271 - Friends & Family Access to Naloxone

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