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IMPORTANT NOTICE:  You need to be a registered member of VSSNA before we will grant you access to the VSSNA Ning site.  If you have not registered for VSSNA and/or have not paid your annual dues, you will not have access to the VSSNA Ning site.


10 Good Reasons You Should Join VSSNA


The mission of VSSNA is to advance the practice of School Nursing and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health programs to the Vermont school community.

The Goals of the Association:

  • To operate exclusively as an educational organization on a nonprofit basis; to promote and advance the quality of school health services and health education throughout the State of Vermont.
  • To encourage school nurse to serve as a resource person in the area of health to teacher and other personnel; to promote activities for the improvement of comprehensive health education.
  • To assist members in obtaining and maintaining high professional school nurse practices within the total school program under the administrative direction of the superintendent and principal of the school or schools to which the nurse is assigned.
  • To provide and to encourage its members to pursue continuing Education.
  • To inform and advise members on matters that have a critical bearing on the professional status in relation to state nursing standards, laws and regulations.
  • To cooperate with other professional organizations, civic groups, and community agencies for the improvement of provision of health services for school children.

What is School Nursing?

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning. (NASN 2010)



VSSNA Continuing Education Scholarship


Scholarship can now be used for conferences, workshops, courses and certification

  • Applicant must be a current member of VSSNA
  • Applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Vermont
  • Applicant must be currently employed as a School Nurse
  • Scholarship cannot exceed 500 dollars
  • Scholarship may be used within a 12 month time frame.
  • Scholarship may only be received once
  • Recipient will need to show proof of completion of course work and cost.
  •  Conference /workshop fees and expenses receipt
  • Certification fees and expenses receipt
  • Recipient will receive a free VSSNA Conference


Application and required documents are below. For more information contact Mary Dunsmore at 802-524-4744 or

VSSNA Continuing Education Scholarship Application

President's Message

President’s Report May 2013

Lola Noyes, RN, BSN


                It has been a pleasure to serve as President of the VSSNA for the past two years. I am fortunate to have a dedicated board of directors that works hard to uphold the mission of the VSSNA. That mission is as follows: To advance professional school nursing practice and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health services to enhance student learning in Vermont school communities.

                Upon entering my role as President, I was introduced to the use of gmail and google applications. I must say I had to learn quickly as gmail was the method of communication with our members and it was not something I was familiar with. Luckily it was summer time and I was able to enroll in a Google class offered through Lamoille Area Professional Development Association.   Google docs has been valuable as developed consensus statements and position statements and could draft and share those documents through the email system.  My term also began with the switch of our website to that of NING which caused some confusion initially but is becoming easier with time. The NING site allows the opportunity for nurses to post comments and blog among many other things. I am fortunate to have a volunteer webmaster dedicated to the nursing profession who values our work and what we do for the benefit of our schools and communities. Jeannie Graham, as webmaster, has helped me be the gatekeeper to who has access and use of our website and I thank her for her work. Paula Crossett, President-Elect will be taking over officially as President  on July 1st. She and I have worked well together and I feel fortunate that strong leadership will continue for the VSSNA. She will be supported by a dedicated board and presence of a district representative in all but the 4B area of the state.  I encourage all of our membership to consider becoming more involved by considering being a district representative at some point or being a co-representative to strengthen the leadership for school health services.

                We can be proud that our membership in Vermont is strong. We have a NASN Director that is also our State School Nurse Consultant and a veteran school nurse that can effectively advocate for all school nurses at the VDH and AOE as school health issues arise. I feel fortunate that we have a great working relationship with Sharonlee Trefry as she has settled into her new role.  Mandy Mayer has been very helpful in sharing our work through publication of our electronic newsletter. This is not something that is put together easily and we all have benefitted from her efforts in keeping us informed of news items. We strive to reach our members in any way possible and the newsletter helps provide another avenue to disseminate information.

                I encourage all of our members to consider furthering their education and to consider the scholarship opportunities of the VSSNA. We had one recipient last fall and it would be great to give out more as our budget allows for.

                Lastly, I thank Claire Molner, Conference Chair, for her work in helping with conferences and working with a team to help Vermont host the recent  New England School Nurse Conference.  It was a lot of work and she should be commended.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President the past two years,

Lola Noyes, President of the VSSNA

Blog Posts

PowerSchool for Health Office Software ?

Posted by Martha B. Ide on December 2, 2014 at 8:39pm 0 Comments

I am curious to know if any schools use this program for health office software. Would like to discuss your opinion.
Martha Ide


Posted by Christine Simmons on September 9, 2014 at 2:34pm 6 Comments

I joined VSSNA September 26, 2013.  How long is the membership good for?  I am a new member and didn't really do anything with the membership last year and would like to get more involved this coming year.

School Nurse Position Posting

Posted by Jean E. Graham on May 30, 2013 at 7:41pm 0 Comments

There is a school nurse position open in Burlington.  If interested, visit this link:

Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses

Posted by Jean E. Graham on January 22, 2013 at 2:20am 0 Comments

The Joslin Diabetes Center has run educational programs for school nurses for over twenty years. These programs have consistently been well-attended and highly evaluated and appreciated by school nurses from throughout the Northeast. We will be offering our Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This program awards attendees 6.25 contact hours.


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