The State would be required to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and passed by the New Jersey Senate.
Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill institutes new clinical experience and education requirements for becoming a certified school nurse. (Flickr)
“The needs of our children are certainly not one-size-fits-all,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Mercer) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this legislation will ensure school nurses are prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”
Current state standards require anyone seeking a school nurse certification to have a bachelor’s degree and a license as a registered nurse. Senator Bateman’s bill, S-1381, would expand these requirements to also include:
- Clinical experience in a school nurse office
- Completion of at least 30 credits in subject areas determined by the state board
- Completion of 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.
“School nurses are often the first health professionals to identify the early signs of a serious behavioral health or physical condition,” Senator Bateman said. “This legislation will ensure they have the right educational tools and experience to serve as an indispensable resource for parents and teachers.”
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