Colorado Association of School Nurses

Supporting Student Success:  School Nurses Make a Difference

"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials." Approved by the NASN Board of Directors June 2016.





March 3, 2018


Adams 12 Conference Center

1500 E. 128th Avenue

Thornton, CO 80241


CASN Response Statement to HB18-1286 (The Marijuana Bill)

At this time Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN) opposes HB18-1286 because administering marijuana would violate laws in place that direct our practice.  Registered nurses are only authorized to administer medication as part of a directive, (order), from a provider with prescriptive authority, (M.D., D.O., N.P., P.A), and currently marijuana cannot be prescribed, only recommended.  In addition, marijuana is currently categorized as a Schedule I drug and illegal at the federal level.  Registered Nurses are required to follow all federal laws with respect to the medications we administer.  Violating these requirements would put Registered Nurses at risk of losing their licenses. CASN believes that school nurses, should protect and promote student health, facilitate optimal development, and advance academic success. (NASN Role of the School Nurse).  We follow evidence based practice and are also guided by our national professional organization, the National Association of School Nurses, position statement on this topic.


Please refer to this link Legislative Priorities for further talking points regarding HB18-1286


Message from the President

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!


I am proud to be able to say that I am a practicing school nurse in the state of Colorado!!  Having recently returned from the National Association of School Nurses Conference in San Diego and listening to representatives from other states across the country, I am so pleased to be able to say that Colorado is my home state.  School nurses in Colorado are an extremely diverse group of nurses.  We practice in large cities, inner cities, suburban areas, small towns, rural areas (where the school nurse crosses multiple city boundaries and occasionally even county lines).  Look for us in charter schools and private schools.  You will find us in the mountains, the foothills and on the plains.  But no matter where you are, when you talk to a school nurse from Colorado – you are speaking with an individual who is highly qualified and prepared to provide the very best of health care for his/her Colorado students.


Colorado nurses have been on the leading edge of providing care to students with asthma, mental health issues, and substance (including marijuana) use.  We have representatives that are monitoring legal issues and providing us guidance with new laws and legislation.  We are extremely fortunate to have one of the most knowledgeable and active State Consultants in the nation.  We have so much to be proud of!  This past summer it was announced that June 2019 will find all of the School Nurses from across the nation and other countries attending the national conference in our beautiful state!


Our nation is currently in a tremulous and confusing time regarding insurance, health care, and all general aspects of maintaining good health.  However the one fact that I can be assured of,  is that the students in the schools of Colorado are cared for by School Nurses that will not back down from providing medical guidance, advocacy, and educated, data driven care for them on a daily basis.


I am providing you a great link to the NASN website.  This link is to a fun and interactive page that will help provide you with needed resources and checklists for your everyday school activities.


I wish you each a wonderful school year!!  I hope to see you all at our fall conference in Loveland on November 3, 4 and 5.  Come share your success stories, your “a-ha moments”, or your concerns with fellow school nurses.  Be proud to be a School Nurse in Beautiful Colorado!!!



Tammy Wollbrinck RN, NCSN

2017-18 President CASN


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Colorado Association of School Nurses
Message from the President
CASN Response Statement to HB18-1286 (The Marijuana Bill)

Colorado Association of School Nurses
Message from the President CASN Response Statement to HB18-1286 (The Marijuana Bill)