Membership is open to certified school nurses and other stakeholders interested in promoting and supporting school nursing practice. Since NJSSNA is now an affiliate of NASN, members reap the benefits of both national and state-level experience, leadership and advocacy. Dual membership supports school nursing activities at the national, state, and local levels. A portion of dues to NASN returns to New Jersey to support the work of NJSSNA. To learn about the benefits of dual membership and to join NASN and NJSSNA, please go to: https://portal.nasn.org/members_online/members/newmember.asp. Please note: NJSSNA no longer accepts membership applications; all applications must be processed through NASN.
WHO MAY JOIN NJSSNA?
Regular/Active members must possess a current New Jersey registered nurse license and hold an Educational Services Endorsement as a School Nurse issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. Regular/Active members may vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
Associate members include registered nurses licensed in the State of New Jersey who are not eligible for Regular/Active membership and are employed in a New Jersey public school as a supplemental registered nurse or as a substitute school nurse; OR are employed in a New Jersey private or parochial school as a school nurse; OR hold a New Jersey provisional certificate as a school nurse. Associate members may serve on committees, but may not vote or hold office.
Student members must be matriculated in a college or university program leading to a permanent New Jersey School Nurse Certificate. Student members may not be employed part or full time as school nurses. Student members may not vote, hold office, or serve on committees.NASN requires proof of enrollment when submitting a membership form.
Retired members are former regular/active members who no longer work as a school nurse. Retired members may serve on committees, but may not vote or hold office. However, a retired member may be appointed chairperson of a committee by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. A retired member appointed chairperson of a committee shall be a member of the Executive Board but shall not have voting privileges.
Members-at-Large are those individuals with a special interest in school nursing but who do not fit into any other Association membership classification. Members-at Large may not vote, hold office, or serve on committees. Members-at-Large may include other school health services personnel such as school physicians, health educators, counselors, LPNs, or nursing assistants working with school nurses.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
The NJSSNA’s affiliation with NASN provides members with the latest information on school nursing practice. Both organizations serve as strong advocates for school nurses at the state and national level. Members of NJSSNA receive an electronic newsletter and updates on issues and trends, and can take advantage of members-only discounts on the NJSSNA’s annual school nursing conference held in March. Members receive discounts on statewide and regional professional development opportunities offered during the year, such as the HANDS program. Members will also be able to take advantage of a new members-only section of the NJSSNA website.
In addition, membership in NASN provides discounts on registration for the NASN annual conference as well as numerous on-line continuing education courses. Members enjoy discounts at the NASN bookstore and receive the peer-reviewed Journal of School Nursing. NASN members can take advantage of electronic resources such as the Weekly Digest and the national list serv. NASN also provides special interest groups for private school nurses and nurse educators.