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School Nurses - Practice and Regulation

Updated April 2021

Scope of Practice and Regulation of School Nurses - A 4-12-21 memorandum from the Iowa Board of Nursing addresses the scope of practice allowed of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN), and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Iowa schools.

A short summary of the requirements: At a minimum, a school nurse shall be a Registered Nurse (RN). A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may not be employed or practice as an independent school nurse. However, an LPN may practice nursing in a school setting under the supervision and direction of an RN or physician in the same building. An LPN may also provide nursing care to specific students under the supervision and delegation of an RN employed by the district.

For additional questions, contact Melissa Walker at or 515-281-5327.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 20, 2021 at 2:13pm.