About MSNO


You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy…”   ~ Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders, Former Secretary of Health

School Nursing

The rapid changes occurring in our society and in our health care system present many challenges for the school nurse. Many students come to school shouldering a background of profound health risks, which, in turn, affect their academic progress and success. Modern technology and pharmacology have made it possible for students with special health care needs to participate within the mainstream educational setting. Through the professional expertise of the school nurse, student health needs are assessed, identified and monitored. The school nurse functions with other professionals in the school community to facilitate health and wellness so that each student will have the opportunity for academic success.

Specialized Knowledge

School nursing is a specialty of nursing practice that requires extensive preparation and knowledge in the areas of:

  • School Nursing Practice
  • Public Health
  • Emergency Care
  • Communication
  • Program Management
  • Health Education
  • Environmental/Safety Laws and Issues
  • Special Education Regulations
  • Human Growth and Development

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 healthcare 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. ~ National Association of School Nurses, February, 2017

MSNO at Work

  • Publishes newsletter, MSNO Outlook, three times yearly.
  • Works diligently toward passage of legislation that would mandate a registered professional school nurse in every school in the Commonwealth.
  • Surveys school nurses as to salary issues, and clinical issues.
  • Promotes pay equity on par with other professionals.
  • Provides two educational conferences annually for school nurses.
  • Provides networking opportunities which allow for personal and professional growth.
  • Provides updated information to membership about certification changes through newsletters, workshops, special mailings, e-mails, etc. since the inception of Educational Reform.
  • Contributes to the enhancement of school nursing practice.
  • Recommends policy and provides consultation.
  • Encourages and recognizes excellence in school nursing practice through awards, recognition and scholarships.
  • Represents Massachusetts school nurses onNASN Board of Directors and provides leadership at NASN annual conferences.
  • Supports and encourages school nurse directed research regarding school health issues.


  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Massachusetts Nurses Association
  • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

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