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Senate Advances Bateman Bill Upping Clinical Experience Requirements for School Nurse Certification

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The New Jersey Senate advanced a bill by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) upping standards for school nurse certification. New requirements include clinical experience in a school nurse office and completion of a college-supervised school nurse practicum.

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill expands standards for school nurse certification. New requirements include clinical experience in a school nurse’s office.

“School nurses are charged with protecting the health and welfare of every kid that walks through a classroom door,” Senator Bateman said. “The needs of our children are certainly not “one-size-fits-all.” Ensuring candidates for certification complete hands-on training in a school nurse’s office will ensure all are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with complex needs.”

Senator Bateman’s S-1381 would codify previous state standards to require that in addition to holding a license as a registered nurse and a bachelor’s degree a candidate for a school nurse endorsement must also complete at least 30 credits in subject areas determined by the state board.

Candidates must also obtain clinical experience in a school nurse office and a college-supervised school nurse practicum experience in a school nurse office and a classroom.

Under the bill non-instructional school nurses would need to complete at least 21 credits in subject areas determined by the state board and clinical experience in a school nurse office, in addition to holding a license as a registered nurse and a bachelor’s degree.

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