HB1217 (2018) Detail

Amending the certification requirements for school nurses.










AN ACT amending the certification requirements for school nurses.


SPONSORS: Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Dean-Bailey, Rock. 32; Rep. Morrison, Rock. 9; Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Lang, Belk. 4; Rep. Seaworth, Merr. 20; Rep. V. Sullivan, Hills. 16


COMMITTEE: Education






This bill modifies the certification requirements for school nurses.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen


AN ACT amending the certification requirements for school nurses.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  School Health Services; School Nurses.  Amend RSA 200:29 to read as follows:

200:29  School Nurse[; Certification].

[I.]  Each school board may appoint a school nurse to function in the school health program, and provide said nurse with proper facilities and equipment.  A school nurse shall be a registered [professional] nurse currently licensed in New Hampshire [and certified by the state board of education].

[II.(a)  An individual shall have the following entry level requirements to be certified as a school nurse:

(1)  Have completed a board of nursing approved registered nursing program at the bachelor's degree level or higher under RSA 326-B; and

(2)  Have 3 years current experience in pediatric nursing or other related nursing areas.

(b)  An applicant for certification as a school nurse shall have the skills, competencies, and knowledge in the following areas:

(1)  In the area of delivery of the school nursing services, the skills and abilities to:

(A)  Assess student's health or situation through analysis of data collected and synthesize comprehensive data.

(B)  Identify outcomes and develop plans for individual students or situations including strategies and alternatives.

(C)  Implement interventions identified in the plan of care/action, coordinating care with school employees and evaluate outcome.

(D)  Consult with administration to provide health education and employ strategies to promote health, wellness, and a safe environment.

(E)  Systematically evaluate the progress for the quality of practice and effectiveness toward attainment of outcomes for promoting health and a safe environment.

(2)  In the area of school nursing, the applicant shall demonstrate the knowledge and ability to:

(A)  Provide quality nursing practice in a school setting.

(B)  Evaluate his or her nursing practices and continue professional development as required by a school district's professional development master plan.

(C)  Collaborate with students, families, school staff, and others in the conduct of school nursing practices.

(D)  Integrate ethical provisions and research findings into practice as a school nurse.

(3)  In the area of accountability, knowledge, skills, and application in:

(A)  Planning and delivering school nursing services factoring in safety, effectiveness, cost, and impact on nursing practice.

(B)  Providing leadership in the profession and professional nursing practice setting.

(C)  Managing school health services.

(D)  Complying with professional nursing practice standards, guidelines, relevant statues, rules, and regulations.

III.  The state board of education shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a)  The application process for certification under paragraph II.

(b)  Form and content of any forms required under paragraph II.

(c)  Application fees for certification under paragraph II.

(d)  Further rulemaking necessary for the proper administration of certification under paragraph II.]

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


HB1217 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 17, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 22, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 20, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 12, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1217 Revision: 1797 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 1:57 p.m.


April 12, 2018: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 04/12/2018; SJ 12

April 12, 2018: Sen. Reagan Moved Inexpedient to Legislate; 04/12/2018; SJ 12

April 12, 2018: Ought to Pass: RC 8Y-14N, MF; 04/12/2018; SJ 12

April 12, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/12/2018; SC 16

March 20, 2018: Hearing: 03/20/2018, Room 103, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 13

March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Education; SJ 7

Feb. 22, 2018: Ought to Pass: MA DV 233-107 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 30

: Minority Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study

: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 13-7; RC)

Feb. 22, 2018: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/22/2018 (Vote 13-7; RC) HC 7 P. 16

Feb. 13, 2018: Executive Session: 02/13/2018 LOB 207

Jan. 17, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/17/2018 10:00 AM LOB 207

Jan. 3, 2018: Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Education HJ 1 P. 3