New Jersey State School Nurses Association

About Us

The New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the practice of school nursing. Organized in 1937 and incorporated in 1938, NJSSNA serves as the voice for New Jersey’s school nurses. In 2010, NJSSNA proudly affiliated with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), enabling New Jersey’s school nurses a new level of professional support and advocacy. The NJSSNA is governed by Bylaws (last updated 2013-06-18). NJSSNA BYLAWS

According to NASN, school nursing is defined as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health 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.

Members of NJSSNA include certified school nurses working in the state’s public school districts and charter schools, nursing faculty charged with preparing school nurses, and registered nurses working in healthcare facilities, early childhood programs, or in New Jersey’s private and parochial schools. Others interested in the delivery of school health services may also join the association.


The New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA) has agreed that members of the organization must belong to both NJSSNA and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Membership dues are collected and managed at NASN’s national headquarters. A portion of dues to NASN returns to NJSSNA to support the work of NJSSNA. 

Membership is open to certified school nurses and other stakeholders interested in promoting and supporting school nursing practice. Membership Classifications are described on this page.  

Benefits of Membership 


Upcoming Events

NJSSNA Spring Conference 2021
March 19th and 20th, 2021
Marriott at Forrestal,  Princeton, NJ
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General Membership Meeting and Dinner
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Click here for a list continuing education opportunities  

School Nurse Practice Guide

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Practice Guide - June 2020 Supplement

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How can I become a certified school nurse (CSN)?

Information on certification can be found on the Certification page of this website.

What is the difference between national school nurse certification and New Jersey certification?

A certified school nurse is specially trained to address both the health and educational needs of students in grades P-12. The specialty nursing has been described as part public health, part pediatrics, and part emergency nursing. New Jersey school nurses must complete a bachelor’s degree and take specific courses in dealing with students with special needs, substance abuse, school law and policy, and community health. They also complete a field experience working with a certified school nurse. Certified school nurses-instructional also take courses in teaching health and must complete a classroom-based instructional experience. Certified school nurses non-instructional complete all the requirements except the health teaching requirement.

What is the difference between national school nurse certification and New Jersey certification?

Certification issued by the New Jersey Department of Education is required for employment as a school nurse in a New Jersey public school. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN) is an independently incorporated organization established for the purpose of developing and implementing the voluntary certification process of school nurses. The NBCSN is an independent organization; however, NBCSN works in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, and communication between the two organizations is a priority. For more information, visit

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New Jersey State School Nurses Association
1479 Pennington Rd
Trenton NJ 08618
Phone: 609-233-2466