About Alaska School Nurses Association

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Alaska School Nurses Association (ASNA) is a non-profit organization through the State of Alaska since April 17, 2007. We were established under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as a 501(c)(3) on October 26, 2015, to receive charitable contributions. ASNA has officially been an association since March 22, 1982.

In Fall 2009, as the Last Frontier, ASNA has now established a website for their members. Our goal is to try and make access easier electronically at ones' fingertips such as newsletters, bylaws and voting, board officers' contact information and keeping informed of current events.

The mission of the Alaska School Nurses Association is to optimize student health and academic success by supporting professional school nurses in Alaska. Our goals are: 1) to operate as a professional organization for the school nurses in Alaska on a nonprofit basis and 2) to promote and advance the quality of school health services and health education throughout the state.

National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is classified under the Internal Revenue Code as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Below is a description of their history, vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities. Alaska School Nurses Association (ASNA) is an affiliate organization of NASN. This relationship provides ASNA with a seat on the NASN Board of Directors. http://www.nasn.org

NASN History: On July 4, 1968, the National Education Association established the Department of School Nurses (DSN), an association dedicated to the advancement of school nursing practice and the health of school-aged children. In July of 1969, the DSN held their first annual meeting in Philadelphia. Their ultimate purpose was to improve the quality of school nursing, to upgrade the skills of school nurses and to further the abilities of all children to succeed in the classroom. For more information on NASN history visit their web site at http://www.nasn.org/AboutNASN/OurHistory.

Vision: The vision of NASN is that every student is healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Mission: To mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

Values: Child well-being, diversity, ethics, excellence, innovation, integrity, leadership and scholarship.

Strategic Priorities: Membership, advocacy, financial stability, research and governance.

The Definition of School Nursing

"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in evidence-based and ethical practice, are the leaders that 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 potentials" (NASN, 2016).

National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week and National Nurse Week is always May 6th through May 12th.

This link describes the details on how it was established http://www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/us/nurse.aspx

Certified Nurses' Day is March 19.  http://www.pncb.org/ptistore/control/about/certifiednursesday


NASN represents school nurses on national and federal committees which affect health services to children:

American Academy of Pediatrics/School Health Committee;
National Education Association (NEA)/Health Information Network;
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)/Partners for Children Coalition;
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/Division of Adolescent and School Health;
CDC/Immunization Division; and
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Asthma Triggers.