West Virginia certified school nurse RNs go above and beyond the call of duty.  Many spend countless hours developing prevention programs such as drug awareness and pregnancy prevention, ensuring coverage for student health needs with 25% of students having a medical disability with medical orders at school (69,293), training school personnel to do basic and specialized procedures, developing Individualized Health Care Plans, Section 504 Plans, attending IEP meetings, traveling from one school to the next to provide school nursing care, managing and monitoring student health, implementing wellness programs for school staff and providing children with a positive and caring learning environment.  A BIG thank you to all school nurses for ensuring students receive quality health and education in WV public schools.  The current law, W.Va. Code § 18-5-22, requires each county board to employ 1 school nurse RN per every 1500 children in grades kindergarten through seven; provided that each county shall employee full time at least one school nurse.  There are approximately 309 Certified School Nurse RNs serving 277, 170 students in 714 public schools in the state of West Virginia during 2016-2017 school year.   In 2016-17 school year, West Virginia had 108 Licensed Practical Nurses serving as school services personnel under the supervision of the certified school nurse RN to assist with the direct health services to students in West Virginia public schools.

School Nurse Employment Requirements:

School nurses are required to have or obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) and a Certification in School Nursing (CSN).   The following Schools of Nursing offer Certification in School Nursing:  Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College (On-Line Certification Program), Fairmont State University (On-line Certification Program), and West Liberty State University.  If you are interested in a Certification in School Nursing, please enroll in a program today!  For more information related to WVDE School Nurse Requirements for Employment, please review Policy 5202- Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional / Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications.

Certification Presentation for School Nurses:

(Certificate, Permit, Authorization and Substitutes)

PDF / PowerPoint

Mentorship Manual

In the Spring of 2006 a committee of school nurses came together to develop a much needed mentorship manual for school nurses.  Currently no law exist to ensure school nurse have a mentor but some county boards of education may choose to incorporate a mentor for all new hires.  Please click on the above link to download the manual.  A revised manual should be published by February 2018.