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. 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.

On October 26, 2015, ASNA was officially declared as tax exempt under 501(c)3 status and we are classified as a Public Charity 509(a)2, donors can deduct contributions made to ASNA.

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.

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, 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: To lead the transformation of school heatlth.

Mission: To advance school nurse practice to keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn.

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 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 is May 7, 2014 and NEA Salutes School Nurses on School Nurses' Day and Every Day.

National Nurses' Day is May 7, 2014 and National Nurses' week is May 5-9. 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.