Continuing Education and Quality Improvement Programs

New School Nurse Training


New School Nurses Go To Class

New School Nurse Training (NSNT) is a one-day program designed to engage school nurses in the process of transitioning to the autonomous role of school nurse as part of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) team concept. NSNT was developed by the University of Vermont Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program with input from the Vermont Department of Health and school nurses.

During the training, new school nurses engage with veteran school nurses and other health care professionals to:

• Identify public health competencies of the school nursing role;
• Learn about licensing, educational jargon, and an administrator's perspective;
• Acquire current information on health issues confronting school nurses;
• Leave with contacts of experienced school nurses and important organizations.

Gillian Boudreau giving a presentationAccording to the National Association of School Nurses, “School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.”1 

Prior to attending the full day optional training offered at UVM, new School Nurses must complete a required online Orientation to practice in Vermont Schools and achieve an educator’s endorsement for their Vermont nursing license. The orientation and optional full day training are designed to ensure that nurses feel confident in their role in the school, which is very different from a hospital or clinic setting, where nurses are typically surrounded with more clinical support; in a school setting, a nurse is often the only clinical staff member.

The New School Nurse Training is offered by the UVM Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health. For more information about becoming a School Nurse, visit: or contact Sharonlee Trefry, Vermont’s State School Nurse Consultant, at

For further information, contact Jennifer Savage at or (802) 656-9622.



1National Association of School Nurses. NASN Web site. Updated July 2018. Accessed August 16, 2019.



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