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NASN and Nursing History: Power of the Past, Force of the Future

Release Date: 09/11/2018
Expiration Date: 09/11/2021 
Originally presented at the NASN2018 Annual Conference

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hour.

Cost: $20.00
FREE for NASN members!

Program Overview
This educational activity will discuss two intersecting topics important to school nurses, NASN and nursing history. Come learn through the years with Dr. Cynthia Connolly and Dr. Linda Wolfe on this relevant and timely topic. We will journey through the historical research that analyzes the history and contributions of nursing, school nursing and the school healthcare delivery system--revealing the enduring issues in American society that led to huge strides of success and significant failures for nurses on a quest to remain cutting-edge and relevant. We will explore the lessons, patterns and changes NASN has learned through its 50 years as the premier school nursing organization. In addition, we will address the question --Have we really learned from our past to formally change our future? In this manner, we will formally provide school nurses with an opportunity to see the power of the past and the force of the future, that guides this organization to remain ahead of the curve or behind the curve for the next generation of school nursing leaders in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to
  • Describe the historical context in which school nursing evolved in the United States.
  • Recall a few enduring issues in child and family policy and health care delivery that influence contemporary school nursing practice.
  • To describe at least two lessons NASN learned from it’s past and are informing its future.
  • Describe the significant changes that have influenced NASN’s organizational direction.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in learning more about NASN and nursing history.


Linda C. Wolfe, EdD, BSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN
Independent School Nurse Consultant
Wolfe Insight
Georgetown, Delaware

Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement
National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning activity.

Commercial Support or Sponsorship
This program did not receive commercial support or sponsorship.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page). The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.

Step 3: Print the certificate.