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The Arkansas School Nurses Association

School Nursing is a systematic, comprehensive practice of professional nursing providing health care in the educational setting. School nursing combines two separate and unique disciplines, education and nursing, to support individual and collective student success.

School nursing activities are inherently related to public health nursing and provide care for students within the continuum of public health practices. School nursing promotes student adaptation to health care challenges, advocates for students, and encourages autonomy. School nursing utilizes specialized judgment, knowledge, skills, and abilities (e.g. nursing assessment, program/case management including chronically ill, medically fragile, and technology dependent students, health education).

School nursing supports the premise that every student is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) allowing the student to develop capacity for life long achievement and optimum health.

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