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NASN Research priorities for School Nursing

Critical Priorities:

  • Determine the impact school nurse interventions have on students managing their chronic conditions (particularly diabetes and asthma).
    Example: Measure the impact of various evidence based school nurse interventions (individual healthcare plans, training) on safe school environment, student demonstrated health condition self-management, readiness to learn, and incidence of emergencies / exacerbations.

  • Determine the impact of school nurse interventions on identified school nurse sensitive indicators (attendance, seat time, early dismissal, health office visits, medication administration accuracy, and immunization rates).

  • Conduct cost-benefits analysis of various school nurse interventions (care coordination, student safety, prevention services, and ER/911 visits).

  • Evaluate current models of school nurse practice (i.e. RN per school or RN-supervised health extenders covering multiple schools) and their impact on various outcomes (student safety, student physical and mental health, academics, access to care, securing medical homes).

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NNU School of Nursing History

The NNU Nursing Program has held accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) since 2002, and the University is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Originally, diplomas were granted in the 1920s in alliance with the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Later in 1974, NNU's nursing program continued its rich history of preparing individuals for the nursing profession while granting degrees in partnership with a local state school.

NNU Nursing Program Timeline

1918—Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Mangum moved to Nampa with a dream to not only start a hospital but also a nurses’ training program with a focus on medical missions. 

1920—The Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing opened under the auspices of Northwest Nazarene College and later under The Nazarene Missionary Sanitarium & Institute. Nursing students participated not only in the courses that were offered but also in the life of the college. 

1930—The Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing’s three year nursing academic program was fully accredited by the state of Idaho; the program continued to flourish and constructed the Samaritan Hospital which is currently the Fine Arts Building on NNU’s campus. 

1954—The Nazarene Missionary Sanitarium & Institute grants its last diploma to nursing graduates. In the aftermath of World War II, insurmountable challenges presented themselves to nursing programs across the nation. The institute, unable to overcome these obstacles with the space and resources available, closed its doors in the early ‘60s and gifted the building to Northwest Nazarene University (College at the time).

1974—Northwest Nazarene College established a cooperative program with Boise State University granting an Associate Degree in Nursing, but discontinued this program in the early 1980s due to a lack of student interest. In the years following, NNU hired a consultant and conducted market research that determined there was a demand for nursing education in the Treasure Valley and nation. 

1999—NNU recruited Dr. Judith Stocks, Chair of the Department of Nursing, to develop a baccalaureate nursing program at Northwest Nazarene University.

2002— The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted an initial five year accreditation to the NNU nursing program.

2003—Dr. Patricia Kissell was appointed Chair of the Department of Nursing.

2007—A ten year accreditation was granted to NNU by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

2009 - The School of Nursing and Health Science is established and Dr. Patricia Kissell was appointed Dean.

Nursing Informatics

This is an exciting time for the field of informatics, especially bioinformatics and medical or health informatics. The website of the American Nursing Informatics Association is a great place to start if you are interested in learning more about the role of informatics in nursing and finding educational, networking and job opportunities.