How To Become a School Nurse
1. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
You must first graduate from an accredited nursing program or with a bachelor’s degree and become a registered nurse.
The National Association of School Nurses recommends schools and other facilities hire registered nurses with a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or higher, such as a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and the National Board for Certification of School Nurses requires a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for its school nurse certification.
2. Become a Registered Nurse (RN)
To become licensed, you must apply with your state’s board of nurses. The board will inform you if you are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination, which is proctored and graded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. All nurses are required to pass this exam in order to become a registered nurse.
3. Meet Your State’s Requirements for Becoming a School Nurse
The next step depends on your state’s requirements. Each state governs the requirements for school nursing. Some have specific certification or licensing requirements beyond obtaining your RN license. To determine your state’s requirements for school nurses, you can contact your state’s affiliate of the NASN.
You may be required or wish to obtain certification by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses. According to NBCSN, you must acquire at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience or three years of full-time academic experience to be eligible to take the School Nurse Certification Exam. The test has 250 multiple choice questions, and you have four hours to complete it.