TRENTON - The Senate Education Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure school nurses meet certain training and education requirements. 

“School nurses have a difficult and demanding job and must be able to address a wide spectrum of student health issues largely on their own,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Increasing the educational and training requirements to be certified as a school nurse, will better ensure they are equipped to handle the job and able to provide the highest level of care to students.” 

Bateman’s bill 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, clinical experience in a school nurse office and a college-supervised school nurse practicum experience in a school nurse office and a classroom. 

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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.