Iowa has a long and proud history with NASN. Here are some FUN FAST FACTS :
- Iowa was one of the original 17 states organized in 1968.
- We became affiliated with NASN in 1994.
- Ruby Wheatly from Iowa was the second president of NASN.
- After retirement from the University of Iowa, Dr. Jan Denehy went on to serve NASN as the editor of JOSN for 14 years.
- Dr. Sharon Guthrie PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, a former past president of ISNO, now serves as our part-time executive director.
Our proud legislative accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:
- Students allowed to carry MDI for self treatment of asthma symptoms when needed.
- Required every public school district to have access to a school nurse.
- Required vision screening proof prior to K and 3rd grade entry.
- Required dental screening prior to K and 9th grade entry.
- Required blood lead screening prior to K
- Allows school districts to stock epinephrine for use in the event of a suspected anaphylactic reaction
- Defeated a requirement to replace a school nurse with staff trained to respond to hyper/hypoglycemic symptoms for students with diabetes
- Defeated personal exemption against required immunizations.
- Defeated elimination of mandated school nurse access during the 2019 session.
Iowa joins with the other affiliate states in congratulating NASN for 50 years of serving students!#NASNat50