Continuing Competence

All NCSNs are required to renew their certification to demonstrate that they have kept current with new practices, methodologies, equipment, medications, and terminology in the specialty of school nursing, in other words, to show that they have maintained continuing competence (defined by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), and adopted by NBCSN as “The ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role, patient population and/or setting”. School Nurse certification is granted for a period of five (5) years at which time the certificant must either retake and pass the Certification Examination for School Nurses or meet current continuing education and recertification requirements.

NBCSN held a Q&A session on recertification in July of 2020. Please watch this video for more information on the recertification process