Vermont State School Nurses’ Association


Click the VSSNA Career Center logo on the right to learn more about available school nurse positions. (Page opens in a new window.)

What does it Take to Become a School Nurse?

Click here to download a PDF primer of useful links and information from the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Agency of Education regarding requirements for school nursing licensure.

Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice™

NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (the Framework) provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. It is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that calls for a collaborative approach to learning and health (ASCD & CDC, 2014). Central to the Framework is student-centered nursing care that occurs within the context of the students’ family and school community.  Surrounding the students, family, and school community are the non-hierarchical, overlapping key principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health. These principles are surrounded by the fifth principle, Standards of Practice, which is foundational for evidence-based, clinically competent, quality care.  School nurses daily use the skills outlined in the practice components of each principle to help students be healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

ASCD & CDC. (2014). Whole school whole community whole child: A collaborative approach to learning and health. Retrieved from


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