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Iowa Celebrates 50 years with NASN


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!

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Congratulations to Iowa on your many accomplishments to support the health of your students.  You clearly demonstrate that advocacy works.  I have also looked to Iowa for the resources you provide for school nurses .  Thank you!  Your model for Concussion Management serves as a template for others.   
Thanks for sharing the accomplishments in Iowa MaryAnn!