Mission and Vision

Mission: As registered professional school nurses, we provide comprehensive school health services to ensure that all students achieve their full education potential.


Vision: New Hampshire School Nurses Association (NHSNA) provides leadership and education to support New Hampshire school nurse standards of practice, care coordination, leadership, quality improvement, and community public health.

New Hampshire school nurses are committed to promoting the health of students and school communities through evidence based clinical practice, health promotion, and education. NH school nurses are integral members of the school leadership and education teams, and are committed to collaborating with professional organizations and health care teams. Through strength in membership and advocacy, NHSNA creates the infrastructure to promote excellence in school nurse practice across the state.


Need To Reach Us?

We'd love to hear from you!  The New Hampshire School Nurses' Association monitors the following email daily and will respond to your email within 48 hours.  Email us at:


                  NHSNA@comcast.net


DOE School Nurse Coordinator

Nancy A. Wells, MS RN NCSN

School Nursing Coordinator

Office of Student Wellness

Department of Education

Concord, NH

603 271-2960

Nancy.Wells@doe.nh.gov


Nominations Sought for Champion Children Awards

The state Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions is seeking nominations for the annual “Champion Children and Outstanding Adolescents” awards. The annual awards honor several children and teen-agers that despite having a chronic health condition live courageous, meaningful lives and demonstrate concern for others living with serious health issues.


The recipients will be honored at a reception with state leaders in Concord during the kick-off celebration for the Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness week, which is Wednesday, November 15. Veteran school nurse and state lawmaker Barbara French is this year’s honorary event chair.  READ MORE


Make-A-Wish NH

MEDICAL CRITERIA GUIDELINES


For 30 years, Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire has been fulfilling the heartfelt wishes of New Hampshire children with life-threatening medical conditions. It is our mission to grant the wish of every eligible child in New Hampshire. But, to do so, we need your help.  READ MORE HERE

If you know of a child who may be eligible for a wish, we ask that you notify the child’s family to receive permission to make the referral, and then either call us at (603) 623-9474 or refer a child on our website at www.nh.wish.org.  

Benefits of Joining NHSNA

**The members only area is visible in the menu after you have signed into the website (at left).

The New Hampshire Association of School Nurses is a statewide collaboration of School Nurses.  We are here to support school nurses and all they do to maintain a healthy environment for our children.
This website is here so you can learn more about school nursing and our association and to provide an online community and resource to NHSNA members.  Support your fellow School Nurses by joining NHSNA.

Only MEMBERS have access to discounts to NHSNA conferences.  Only MEMBERS have access to our member's only page.  A place for sharing forms, advocacy, sample care plans and more!  Membership is only $45!   JOIN NHSNA TODAY  and receive instant access to the members only page after payment.



NHSNA Sponsored Events

06 Oct 2017 8:00 AM • The Red Blazer Restaurant 72 Manchester St. Concord, NH 03301
07 Oct 2017 8:00 AM • The Red Blazer Restaurant 72 Manchester St. Concord, NH 03301
27 Oct 2017 5:00 PM • Puritan Backroom 245 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104
10 Mar 2018 8:00 AM • The Red Blazer Restaurant 72 Manchester St. Concord, NH 03301

Events Around the State


NH Healthy Nurse Scholarship 5K Run


As a Premier Partner of ANA's Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation initiative and in partnership with Rivier Student Nurses Association, NHNA is hosting a "fun" 5K run/walk and Health Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, September 24th (12-4:00 PM) on the Rivier University Campus.

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New Hampshire Nurses Association

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 

12:00 to 4:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Rivier University

South Main Street, Nashua, NH

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TAKING DIABETES BACK TO SCHOOL

September 26th  3:00pm to 7:30pm

Taking Diabetes Back to School – Tips for School Nurses

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 

Lebanon, NH

     Going back to school can be difficult for kids, parents and school nurses – especially when the child has diabetes. This program is designed to give school nurses updated knowledge about the treatment of diabetes in the school setting. You will have an opportunity to meet with other school nurses, have hands on practice with some of the technology used in managing diabetes and ask questions of the staff at the CHaD diabetes program.


Download the Event Flyer/View Plan of the Day


HIPAA Explained

HIPAA Rules on Immunizations


DID YOU KNOW: The HIPAA Privacy Rule allows covered health care providers to disclose PHI about students to school nurses, physicians, or other health care providers for treatment purposes, without the authorization of the student or student’s parent. 

Hot Topic: Bronchodilator Bill

Asthma Action Plan Form


 Download SB322 here


New Hampshire Asthma Collaborative Rescue Inhaler in Schools fact sheet


Asthma Emergency Inhaler Tracking Form


PowerPoint: Asthma in the School Aged Child


Prescription Request Form ConvenientMD

 

Senate Bill 322, passed in May 2016, allows school nurses to maintain a stock bronchodilator for the emergency treatment of asthma.  The use of the bronchodilator is limited to those students with a diagnosis of asthma, have a current Asthma Action Plan, and whose own inhaler is not available.  The inhaler can be used for multiple students but each student must be provided with a separate spacer.  The spacers cannot be shared.  The Office of Student Wellness website has is a powerpoint module that school nurses are welcome to use or adapt for staff training.  Each school year the use of the stock bronchodilator is to be reported; the form is also posted on the website.


The New Hampshire School Nurses Association has been collaborating with the New Hampshire Department of Education, the New Hampshire Public Health Association, the New Hampshire Asthma Collaborative, Acelleron and Convenient MD to find bronchodilator, spacer and nebulizer resources.


A school physician may write the prescription for these or if there is no school physician, Convenient MD will write the prescription for the school.  There is a form on the NHSNA website to use if you are requesting a prescription from Convenient MD.  


If grant funding is secured, the Department of Education and the Asthma Collaborative will be identifying schools to participate in an Asthma Pilot Project.  For more information about the pilot project please contact the School Health Coordinator Nancy Wells at Nancy.wells@doe.nh.gov   More information can be found at www.departmentofeducation.nh.gov the Office of School Wellness and the Asthma Now website at www.asthmanow.org


HOT TOPIC: Naloxone

The New Hampshire School Nurses' Association formed a study committee in October 2015 to look at the issue of Naloxone in the schools.  Their work is now complete and the board of the NHSNA approved this position statement for distribution.


Download Naloxone Position Statement


Opioid related  overdose kills hundreds in New Hampshire every year. Many of these deaths are preventable with the timely use of an opioid antagonist (naloxone) as well as the quick summoning of EMS and the initiation of care. NH school nurses, as allowed by local administration and policy, are in the position to administer life-saving measures in the event of an opioid overdose. In addition, as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, school nurses are also in the unique position to provide prevention awareness and support to students, family, faculty, and staff-- a critical step in the on-going management of substance abuse and misuse.


In response to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, the state has created the campaign "Anyone. Anytime." to educate the public and professionals about addiction, emergency overdose medications, and support services for anyone experiencing opioid addiction. 


NH Naloxone laws and resources: 


Anyone, Anytime  DrugfreeNH


House Bill 270 - Good Samaritan Law
House Bill 271 - Friends & Family Access to Naloxone


If you have any further questions, please contact us at  NHSNA@comcast.net

Please also visit our website at www.nhschoolnurses.org



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