Alaska School Nurses Association (ASNA) is a non-profit organization through the State of Alaska since April 17, 2007. 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.
Our mission is to support school nurses and school nursing in Alaska. Our goals are one, to operate as a professional organization for the school nurses in Alaska on a nonprofit basis; and two, to promote and advance the quality of school health services and health education throughout the state.
A more extensive historical write up is still in progress at this time.
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, services, values, goals, purpose and mission. 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: NASN is the leader in advocacy for student health and professional development of school nurses. Every child deserves a school nurse.
Core Purpose/Mission: The National Association of School Nurses supports the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice by specialized registered nurses.
Core Values: Scholarship, Excellence, Integrity, Collegiality, and Diversity
Overall Goal: NASN will work with affiliates to strengthen and solidify a membership that is driven toward excellence in school nursing practice.
Advocacy: NASN will be an influential advocate for safe and effective school health services.
Member Programs and Resources: NASN will be its members' primary and indispensable resource for school health programs, services, and experiences.
Public Relations: NASN will be the expert voice of information on school health services.
Research: NASN will improve the reliability, quality, and accessibility of school health data to promote research and knowledge development in child health and school health.
Research: Solidify NASN as the authority on evidence-based school nursing practice.
The Definition of School Nursing
"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning." (NASN, 2010)
National School Nurses' Day was May 11, 2011 and NEA Saluted School Nurses on School Nurses' Day and Every Day. http://www.nea.org/grants/31691.htm
National School Nurses' Day 2012 is May 9.
National Nurses' Day is May 6 and National Nurses' week is May 6-12. 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.