SB 434: AN ACT relative to school nurse certification
There are approximately 500 school nurses in New Hampshire, serving 618 public and private schools. The role of the professional school nurse is currently defined by New Hampshire School Nurse Certification Law (RSA 200:29, II), with the current rules approved by JLCAR (Ed 306.12). Certification ensures a professional level of qualification for the position of school nurse, which will support a minimal standard of care for students with acute and chronic health needs in school. New Hampshire school nurses are members of a unique discipline of professional nursing and are often the sole healthcare providers in their districts. They are both an independent clinician and manager of school health services. It is imperative that school nurses are prepared for and practice at the same level as their colleagues, such as teachers who are certified, as well as other adjunct therapists who are prepared with Masters Degrees, for example occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists. (Prepared by Pamela DiNapoli, PhD, RN, CNL)
NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of the passage of SB 434.
A public hearing on this bill was held January 30, 2018. Pam DiNapoli, Chair of the Commission on Government Affairs signed-in in support of this bill. A representative of the Department of Education proposed an amendment to the bill which will make the bill stronger when it moves to the House.
On February 7, 2018 the Senate Committee on Education voted this bill ought to pass with amendment.
On February 15, 2018 this Senate passed this bill and it moved to the House for consideration. NHNA supported this bill.