Welcome to the Iowa School Nurse Organization

“The Iowa School Nurse Organization (ISNO) supports school nurses in the delivery of health services designed to improve the health and academic success of children.”


Congratulations to Melanie Hicklin
2015 Iowa School Nurse of the Year

Melanie has been a school nurse in West Des Moines Community School District for over 20 years. Nominated by an associate principal, Dr. Erika Cook, Melanie is described as “a pillar of Valley High School”. She serves over 2100 students and families at the largest high school in Iowa and does so with a “welcoming attitude and smile”. She is described as a “continual learner” that provides “excellent customer services for students, staff and families”.

Melanie is licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Family Nurse Practitioner, Special Education Nurse (Iowa Department of Public Health) and a Nationally Certified School Nurse. She is an active member of many professional nursing and education organizations including NASN/ISNO. She has been involved in leadership capacities, curriculum development, fundraisers, legislative work, and mentoring for school nursing with ISNO/NASN, the West Des Moines Education Association and the Iowa Department of Education.

Melanie is an exemplary school nurse and we are proud to have her represent Iowa as our School Nurse of the Year. She will be recognized at the ISNO School Nurse Conference at Honey Creek Resort on April 10, 2015. Congratulations Melanie!


School Nursing

"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; 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." (Adopted at the NASN Board of Directors meeting, June 1999.)


ISNO membership is open to all levels of nursing education. ISNO membership includes membership in the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).  ISNO and NASN benefits school nurses by speaking as one voice locally and nationally, increasing the visability of school nursing, advocating for manageable nurse to student ratios, and providing a forum for discussion of school health issues.
Learn more about NASN 

ISNO membership brochure
Membership application

Become a Nationally Certified School Nurse

Professional Certification provides an ongoing, quality credentialing process for eligible school nurses. Certification assures a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice. Learn more

School Nursing Certification Review Book (2010)  The resource you have been waiting for to help you prepare to take the National School Nurse Certification Exam. Dr. Janice Selekman DNSc, RN, NCSN, a recognized expert in pediatric nursing, and NASN Past President Linda C. Wolfe MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN are the authors. This text was created in response to many years of requests from School Nurses for a study guide related to the certification process and content. The text is formatted as a review and is in an outline format.  To learn more and order the School Nursing Certification Review Book  

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