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About NASN

What is the National Association of School Nurses (NASN)?
The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 17,000 members and 50 affiliates, including one in the District of Columbia and on serving school nurse overseas. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

What is NASN's address?
National Association of School Nurses
1100 Wayne Avenue Suite 925
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5642
Get directions.

Does NASN publish journals?
Yes. NASN publishes The Journal of School Nursing and the NASN School Nurse. The former is published in digital format only.  The latter is published in digital and print.

Does NASN have advertising opportunities?
Yes. NASN has a variety of opportunities for advertisers, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders by regular mail, email or fax.

How do I request permission to reprint NASN materials?
Complete the Request for Permission to Reprint form and return it to NASN. NOTE: This is a "fillable" form. To use it properly, open it, save it to your device (computer), edit it, re-save it, and then email it to NASN.

About School Nursing

Where can I get a copy of School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice?
You can purchase a copy of the Scope and Standards in the NASN bookstore.  A table of contents is available as a preview.

What is the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing PracticeTM?
The framework, published in 2016, provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice.

What is the definition of school nursing?
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

Where can I find Professional Practice Documents or Position Statements?
These documents are indexed on the NASN website.

Where can I find the code of ethics for school nurses?
The NASN Code of Ethics was revised in 2016 and is available on the NASN website.

Is there a national certification for school nurses? 
Yes. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) develops and implements the voluntary certification process of school nurses. NBCSN is an independently incorporated organization.

When is National School Nurse Day?
National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week. National Nurse Week is always May 6-12.

Becoming a Member

How do I join NASN?
You can join online with a credit card using the online membership application.
You can join using a purchase order.
You can join via check.  

How much does it cost to join NASN?
Amounts vary by state or area because of the combined or unified membership structure NASN has with many state school nurse organizations or affiliates.  Refer to the dues table for the cost in your state or area.

Will I be a member of the NASN Affiliate [state organizationi] when I join NASN?
In most cases, when you join NASN, you also join the NASN Affiliate. You pay one amount to join both organizations.  The combined membership is referred to as unified membership. There are a handful of Affiliates that do not have unified membership. In these states, you will be a member of NASN only. Refer to this document for more information.

What are the benefits of joining NASN?
Popular benefits include subscriptions to The Journal of School Nursing and the NASN School Nurse, membership in the online All Member Forum, free programs with NCPD CNE contact hours in the NASN Learning Center, and the VSP VisionTM Eyes of Hope® (formerly Sight for Students) gift certificate program. Refer to the complete list of benefits for more detail.

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders. When paying membership dues with a purchase order, print a copy of a membership application and send it to NASN with the purchase order.

What are the different membership categories?
NASN's membership categories or classifications are Active, Associate, Retired, and Student. Refer to the classification description document for more information and detail.

Is NASN membership only for registered nurses (RNs)?
No. NASN's position is that every child deserves a school nurse who is licensed as a registered nurse. However, NASN does have an associate membership category for nurses having other license types such as LPN or LVN. 

Can I join NASN if I practice outside of the United States?
Yes. NASN and its affiliate, the Overseas School Health Nurses Association, welcome school nurses employed by Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and in International Schools. School nurses not employed by DoDDS or in International Schools may join NASN only.

Are there membership scholarships?
No. NASN does not have membership scholarships.  However, you may want to reach out to community organizations such as Lions Clubs and Parent Teacher Organizations.

Does NASN provide information on its members?
Yes. NASN does rent member names and mailing addresses to carefully screened companies and organizations which offer items that may be of interest in the profession of school nursing.  Members may opt out of this list when they initially join NASN and anytime thereafter on their NASN profile.  Please refer to the Privacy Policy for more information.

Can libraries purchase subscriptions? 
Yes. Schools of nursing are invited to purchase a subscription to The Journal of School Nursing through SAGE Publications, Inc. To order or obtain information, readers and librarians may contact the SAGE Journals Customer Service Department at journals@sagepub.com or 1-800-818-7243.

Current Members

How do I contact the Membership Department?
Contact the NASN Membership Department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

When will I receive my membership card?
If you requested a print membership card, cards are mailed regularly. You should receive your membership card in the mail within four weeks of the date you pay your dues.  

Can I print a copy of my membership card?
Yes. A digital copy of your card is located in your my.nasn.org profile.  Visit the Membership Card web page.

How do I find my NASN ID or member number?
Your NASN ID can be found on your personalized dashboard, which appears on the NASN home page once you are signed into the website.

How do I get a membership dues receipt?
You can locate payment history in your account.

How do I get a membership dues invoice?
Invoices are created if a school or employer sends NASN a purchase order. Copies are stored in your account.    

Will I receive a membership dues renewal reminder?
Yes. Members who pay dues annually will receive an email message when their Dues Renewal Invoice is ready. These members will also receive a reminder email if needed and  reminder by print mail if needed. Members who pay dues quarterly will receive an email message alerting them when their dues payment is being charged against the payment information on file with NASN. 

How do I update the payment information on my quarterly dues installments?
The easiest way is to complete the membership form again and update the payment method during checkout. Be sure that you sign in with your existing account; do not create a new account.

Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767 if you need support.

How do I renew my membership dues?
You can renew your dues online using a credit card approximately six weeks prior to the renewal date. 

Does NASN accept purchase orders?
Yes. NASN does accept purchase orders. When paying membership dues with a purchase order, print a copy of a membership application and send it to NASN with the purchase order.

When will I receive my first journal in the mail?
The Journal of School Nursing is published in a digital format only beginning January 2021. The NASN School Nurse is published in a digital and print format.  NASN provides the publisher with a mailing list approximately 5 weeks prior to the mailng of the journal.  Please keep this schedule in mind when calculating the arrival of your first issue.  The NASN School Nurse is released in January, March, May, July, September, and November. 

Can I pay my dues in installments?
Yes. Members can select annual or quarterly installments when they initially join NASN. A $5 processing fee spread over four payments applies.  Quarterly payments are subject to auto pay every three months indefinitely unless NASN is notified to terminate the membership.  Method of payment must be credit card.

Can I change my billing frequency from annual to quarterly?
When you renew your dues, you can change your frequency.

How do I change my membership category, i.e., change from an Active member to a Retired member?
When you renew your dues, you can change your category to eligible categories.

I have moved to a different state. How do I change my state or NASN Affiliate?
When you renew your dues, you can change your state or NASN Affiliate.

Where can I find a copy of NASN's bylaws?
The bylaws are visible to NASN members in the All Member Forum library.

How do I access journal articles online?
NASN's publisher, SAGE Publications, Inc., manages a website where NASN members can read full-text articles from The Journal of School Nursing and NASN School Nurse. To gain access to online articles, NASN members will need to register or sign in on the SAGE Publications, Inc. website and then activate their NASN society account using their NASN ID.  Learn more

How do I cancel my membership?
The NASN Membership Department will need to make this change. Contact the department at membership@nasn.org or call the toll-free number 1-866-627-6767.

Does NASN offer scholarships?
Yes. The Endowment Education Scholarship is for professional registered school nurses or school nurse educators pursuing post baccalaureate certification or graduate degrees. The Advocacy Education Scholarship is for school nurses participating in an advocacy education program. The RN to BSN Education Advancement Scholarship is for registered nurses employed in schools to advance their education. The New Member Scholarship is for a new, active member attending the NASN annual conference.

How do I obtain VSP Eyes of Hope (formerly Sight for Students) gift certificates?
NASN members must use the online enrollment form to enroll in this program.

Your Account and Profile

It is important that you do not create a new account if you already have one. This ensures that all of your NASN activity is in one account.

What is my NASN username?
Your username is an email address. Be sure to try various email addresses if you have more than one when signing in. If you have an account but can't recall the username, please reach out to NASN

What is my NASN password? 
If you do not remember your password, you can reset your password. Go to the login form and click the reset password text. An email will be sent to you. If you do not receive an email to reset your password, please reach out to NASN. We may need to update your email address.

What if the website login locks me out?
If you attempt and fail to log into the NASN website 7 times, you will not be permitted to continue trying.  Please reach out to NASN.

How do I update my name?
Go to your account to update this.

How do I update my demographics?
Go to your account to update most of your demographics including your title, certifications and special interest groups.
Go to your profile to update your bio, education and job history.

How do I update my contact information (address, email address, telephone number)?
Go to your account to update this.

How do I update my school?
Go to your account to update this.

How do I update my credentials?
Go to your account to update these.

What is the correct way to list my nursing credentials?
NASN recommends highest earned degree, mandated requirements (i.e. licensure), state designations or requirements, national certifications, awards and honors, other certifications.  If highest earned degree is not in nursing, then highest nursing degree may be included after highest earned degree. Example: MEd, BSN, RN, APN, NCSN, FNASN.  Watch this Membership Minute video for instruction on editing your credentials.

How do I add a profile picture?
Go to your profile. Find the button underneath where the photo will appear. Upload a photo from your computer or from a social media account.

What is the directory?
The online directory is a searchable index of NASN's customers including members. It has a basic search and an advanced search option. In addition, each community has a community member directory that is a subset of the online directory.

You can choose to be included in the directory by managing the checkbox marked "show my personal info in online directory" in your account's privacy settings. (Ignore the other privacy settings here including the address, phone and email settings. See below for guidance.)

If you choose to be included in the directory, you should review your profile privacy settings. This is where the visibility of your address, phone, email and other profile information is managed. By default, the visibility settings are very private but you will want to know these settings and how to change them if desired. 

Can I edit my discussion list signature?
When you post a message to a discussion list, your discussion list signature is appended to it. You can edit the signature in your profile. Select my account, and then select discussion signature. You can use the system merge fields that "pull" information from your profile or you can remove the system merge fields and manually enter your signature. 

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Where are my certificates of completion?
Visit the NCPD CNE Certificates and Transcript web page for details.

Where can I find a transcript of NCPD earned?
Visit the NCPD CNE Certificates and Transcript web page for details.

Where is the next NASN annual conference?
Go to the annual conference web page for details.

Where can I find continuing nursing education opportunities?

NASN's annual conference is hosted each summer at various cities around the country and provide an opportunity to earn 20-30 NCPD CNE contact hours.

The NASN Learning Center has a library of e-learning and online programs. Most programs provide an opportunity to earn 1.0 NCPD CNE contact hour, and some provide an opportunity to earn more.

The Calendar of Events includes upcoming educational conferences hosted by NASN and NASN's affiliate school nurse organizations.  

SchoolNurseNet

My Connections

Contacts
A contact is another person on SchoolNurseNet that has accepted your contact request. Contacts are added to a contact list. To add someone to your contact list, find the person in the directory and click on the contact request button. A contact list can save you time with searching for the same individuals again and again in the directory. You can also allow your contacts to see parts of your profile that are kept hidden to others by adjusting your privacy settings. Once you have a contact list, it is found in your profile under my connections > contacts.

Networks
A network is one way SchoolNurseNet helps you find others with similar demographics. You can see the networks you are in by going to your profile and locating my connections > networks.

Communities
A community is a group of individuals organized around a common interest. Community members can participate in discussions and share resources with each other in the community. There is also a community directory. The main community is the All Member Forum. All NASN members are automatically added to this community. Go to my communities for a list of your communities. Go to all communities to find other communities available to you.

Following

To receive an email immediately when a discussion thread has a reply or a blog post has a comment, find the word Follow at the top of a discussion or blog post and click on it. If you do not see the word Follow, it is because you are already receiving the discussion in real time (immediately when a discussion thread has a reply) or you have turned off participation emails. All of the discussions and other posts you are following are stored in your profile under my connections > following.

My Contributions

Summary

Achievements

List of Contributions

My Account

Privacy Settings

Email Preferences
In addition to discussion list email messages, other messages can be sent through SchoolNurseNet. These are the messages that are stored in your inbox (see the inbox explanation above). These other messages are organized into groups called system emails, community emails, social emails, and promotional emails. System emails are generated from the the SchoolNurseNet software. Community emails are generated by NASN and NASN affiliate and community leaders. Social emails are not currently used. Promotional emails are very rare and are sent to individuals not having an NASN membership. You can opt out of community, social and/or promotional emails by going to your profile, selecting my account, and then selecting email preferences.

RSS Feeds

Community Notifications
Community notifications can also be called discussion list delivery options. Every community has a discussion list. You will choose how to receive mail from the discussion list. The options are real time, daily digest or no email. If you choose no email, you will still be a community member and can still view discussions in the community online and post a discussion message. Review your community notifications in your profile under my account > community notifications.

Discussion Signature
When you post a message to a discussion list, a signature is appended. The default signature has your first name, last name, credentials (designation), title, employer, city, state, and country. You can edit this in your profile under my account > discussion signature.

My Inbox

You can send direct email messages to anyone on SchoolNurseNet by selecting the send message button on someone's profile. When you send or receive a direct message, the messages are stored in your inbox. Your inbox is located in your profile, under my account. Please note that you cannot send a message to more than one person at the same time. To send a message to more than one person at the same time, the individuals would need to be organized into a community.