State law requires or recommends that all school nurses be properly certified by the state.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-3.3 Employment of nursing non-nursing personnel; definitions.
- a. A school district shall only utilize or employ for the provision of nursing services in the public schools of the district persons holding an educational services certificate with an endorsement as a school nurse issued by the State Board of Examiners, except for those non-nursing personnel who are otherwise authorized by Statuteor regulation to perform specific health related services.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-3.7 Requirements for school nurse endorsement.
- State Board of Education regulations prescribing the requirements for eligibility for an educational services certificate with a school nurse endorsement shall, at a minimum, require that a candidate for the endorsement:
- a. is licensed as a registered nurse pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1947, c.262 (C.45:11-23 et seq.);
- b. holds a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
- c. completes either a Department of Education-approved college curriculum for the preparation of school nurses or a program of studies, with a minimum of 21 semester hour credits, that includes study in the fundamentals of substance abuse and dependency and such other subject areas as determined by the State board, and clinical experience in a school nurse office; and
- d. completes a college-supervised school nurse practicum experience, a portion of which shall be completed in a school nurse office and a portion of which shall be completed in a classroom. The practicum experience may count toward the minimum 21 semester hour credit requirement.
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