Volunteer for the NBCSN Board

The NBCSN Board is comprised of nine (9) volunteer Members. Eight board members must be active NCSNs, current members of the National Association of School Nurses, and actively employed in school-health related services at the time of their election. A public consumer, with no relationship to any NBCSN past or present Board member, is also elected to serve as a voting member.

Duties and Commitment

Duties of volunteer Board members include:

  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in board meetings.
  • Collaborate with others and complete assigned activities in a timely manner.
  • Establish goals, objectives, programs, and certification procedures to accomplish the mission of the NBCSN.
  • Monitor and evaluate programs and certification procedures designed to implement the established goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership on the Board as an officer, committee chair, or both.

Appointment to the NBCSN Board requires a three-year commitment for a member’s first term. There is a one-time optional reappointment for an additional three-year term.

In addition to the nine volunteer members, a member of the NASN Executive Committee who is an active NCSN is appointed by the NASN President. This non-voting member acts a liaison between the NASN Board and the NBCSN Board.

Board Meetings

The Board meets twice per year (usually in June and late fall) for two to four days to conduct its business. Board members are also assigned on a rotational basis to attend other meetings (e.g., test development activities, conferences of the American Board of Nursing Specialties). Outside of these face-to-face meetings, board meetings are held monthly via video call. Board members may work on special projects, prepare for meetings, or have emergency vote meetings at other times. All in all on average throughout the year, most board members spend about 2 hours per week on board activities.


Thank you for your interest in joining the National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN). Please complete the application below. To complete this application, you must have the date of your original certification, the date you are due to recertify, and your certification number. You can find these by logging into your account.

You will also need your supervisor’s name, work address, phone number, and email. You will also need to upload a letter of intent, your current CV or resume, and a letter of recommendation from a colleague or supervisor who has served with you in a leadership or management capacity, such as a state school nurse organization or another not-for-profit organization or in the course of your employment.

The online application is available by clicking the links in the green box on the right-hand side of this page. Please note you will need to complete the online application.

Thank you again for considering a commitment to NBCSN and furthering national certification for school nurses.