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                                                 Approved by BOD November 2003, June 2008
                                                                Approved by EC March 2004

             FELLOWS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCHOOL NURSING
                             SELECTION PROCESS

A. PURPOSE:

The purpose of the distinctive award of Fellow of the National Academy of School Nursing, is
to recognize members of NASN whose achievements have made enduring, unique and
extraordinary contributions to the advancement of professional school nursing practice. The
National Academy of School Nursing comprises a group of leaders who provide the vision and
clinical expertise to advance the knowledge and skills of school nurses, promote the visibility of
school nursing practice, influence policy development, contribute to research and exemplify
highly effective management skills in the delivery of effective health services in schools.

A. DECRIPTION

The honor of Fellow is the most prestigious recognition that members can receive from the
National Association of School Nurses (NASN). It is a symbol of superior achievement in the
school nursing profession and exceptional contributions to NASN. The depth and breadth of
the Fellow’s imprint on the field is extraordinary, their contributions have had significant and
enduring impact, and their exemplary leadership qualities and achievements are recognized by
many.

The Honor of Fellow is far more than peer recognition of long service to NASN, success in one
employment situation, or a single achievement. It does not reward the culmination of a
distinguished career. Whereas, NASN's School Nurse of the Year Award honors excellence in
local practice, and NASN’s School Nurse Administrator of the Year honors excellence in local
management and administration, the Fellow of the National Academy of School Nursing has
demonstrated profound excellence and prominent contributions to the field of school nursing in
a manner which have had far reaching effects on the practice.

C. NOMINATION:

   1. Nominations are accepted through submittal of an application portfolio to the Fellows of
      the National Academy of School Nursing Selection Committee through the NASN
      Office. (Refer to Form 6-I-FNASN)
   2. Applications should be submitted on standard 8 ½ by 11 paper stapled in the top left
      corner or paper clipped together. Applications should not be encased in plastic
      sheathing, large folders or contain graphics.
   3. The application narrative must be written in the sequence of the established criteria as
      outlined in the Policies and Procedures.
   4. An application portfolio with incomplete data or that does not adhere to the format
      above (#2 and #3) will not be considered. Applications with additional data beyond the
      maximum required will have pages in excess of the required number removed from the
      end of the sections by the office staff until the required number of pages is met.
   5. Deadline for submittal: application packet must be postmarked no later than December
      31st. An annual call for applications will be made through the School Nurse Newsletter,
      Weekly Digest, and the NASN Website. The Board of Directors will be notified through
      the Board of Directors Discussion List.

D. SELECTION PROCESS:
   1. The application will be treated confidentially.
   2. The Fellows of the National Academy of School Nursing Selection Committee will
       consider only those materials submitted with the application and will not be responsible
       for collecting additional supportive data.
3. Upon receipt of an application, the NASN office, in coordination with the Fellows of the
   National Academy of School Nursing Committee Chair, will assure that he candidate has
   met the established Eligibility Requirements prior to distribution of the application packet to
   each Committee member for evaluation. Any letter of reference provided by current
   members of the Fellows of the National Academy of School Nursing Committee or by
   current elected NASN officers shall be removed from the packet, prior to distribution to the
   Committee members for evaluation.
   4. The Committee will evaluate the candidate based upon the submitted evidence of
       criteria, letters of recommendation and Curriculum Vitae. Approval by a majority of the
       Committee will be required to bestow the honor of NASN Fellow, following the
       standards, criteria and rating process set forth by NASN.
   5. The Committee decisions are final and not subject to discussion or appeal. However,
       an application may be resubmitted for the next award year when new information is
       available. Refer to “Why Some FNASN Applications Are Rejected”.
   6. The Committee Chair will notify the NASN President of the committee’s decision by
       March 31st.
   7. The new Fellow(s) of the Academy of School Nursing and petitioner(s) will be notified by
       the NASN President of the committee’s decision by April 15th of the year and prior to the
       public release of the information.
   8. The NASN President will notify the petitioner and those applicants not selected as a
       fellow by April 15th of the year.
   9. Any number of Fellows of the National Academy of School Nursing may be elected in a
       given year. If no qualified candidates are presented, there conceivably may be a year in
       which no Fellow is named.
   10. The Fellow of the National Academy of School Nursing is entitled to use the initials
       "FNASN."
   11. New Fellows must maintain their membership in NASN. Those Fellows not meeting this
       criterion will be notified by the NASN office. These individuals will be unable to retain or
       use the credential of “FNASN” without current membership.
   12. New Fellow(s) will be inducted at the Annual Meeting by the Chair or President
       designee. The Fellow is not required to be present for the induction.
   13. Fellow(s) will be recognized at the annual conference and in the School Nurse
       Newsletter.
E. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

   1. Current NASN membership that has been maintained for a minimum of three
      consecutive years immediately prior to the application submission deadline. In addition,
      a cumulative membership of at least 10 years must be noted on the application.
   2. Nomination and cover letter from a current/past NASN Director, current Fellow, or past
      NASN officer.
   3. Recommendations from 5 (maximum) health professionals attesting to the candidate's
      professional qualifications and excellence in practice. (Letters should be no longer than
      one page in length.) Letters of reference from current Fellows Selection Committee
      members and current NASN officers will not be accepted and will be removed from the
      packet prior to distribution to the Committee members for evaluation.
   4. Demonstration of exceptional contributions to the profession of school nursing as
      identified under the Criteria. (A maximum total of 6 pages are allowed. The font used
      must be 10 point or larger.)

F. STANDARDS:

Individuals accepted for Fellowship in the National Academy of School Nursing must meet the
following general criteria:
     Demonstrate active and profound involvement in NASN beyond holding membership for
       the required number of years.
     Demonstrate enduring, unique, and extraordinary contributions that have had significant
       impact on the advancement of the school nursing profession. The contributions and
       impact may be in one or more of following areas: education, practice, research,
       leadership, and/or public policy. The contributions are in addition to or beyond those
       that are required or expected in one’s position of employment.
     Demonstrate potential for continuing commitment and leadership to NASN or to the
       advancement of the school nursing profession. The potential contributions may be in
       one or more of the following areas: education, practice, research, leadership, and/or
       public policy. The potential contributions are in addition to or beyond those that are
       required or expected in one’s position of employment.
     Demonstrate achievement related to the established criteria set by NASN. The
       candidate’s supporting data will show evidence of exceptional, far-reaching, and
       sustained contributions to the specialty of school nursing through a variety of
       experiences, and with recognizable outcomes. The leadership demonstrated by the
       candidate will have made enduring statewide, national, and/or international impact on
       the practice of school nursing and the health care of children.

G. RATING STANDARDS:

      Significant Evidence: the candidate demonstrates contributions and outcomes that are
       notable for their extraordinary and far-reaching impact on the advancement of the
       school nursing profession.
      Some Evidence: the candidate demonstrates accomplishment(s) in school nursing that
       are important but not exceptional, far-reaching, and sustained; that are focused in a
       limited manner; or, that lack clear outcomes or impact.
      No Evidence: the candidate chooses not to address the criteria, or the evidence cited is
       so weak as to not meet the threshold criterion of “Some Evidence”.
      Specific documented contributions, or achievements may be used in only one criterion
       category, unless the outcomes or impact are varied and may fit into two or more
       categories.

H. CRITERIA:
The candidate must show significant evidence of meeting Criteria #1.
   1. Distinguished service to the National Association of School Nurses.

The candidate must show at least some evidence of meeting Criteria #2.
   2. Potential for continuing commitment and leadership to NASN or to the advancement of
      the school nursing profession.

The candidate must show significant evidence of meeting at least 6 of the following 9 criteria.
   3. Demonstration of professional competence (e.g. academic degree or degrees,
       professional certification related to the practice of school nursing) and clinical expertise
       which result in significant contribution to school nursing.
   4. Demonstration of leadership in professional associations with participation on a
       local/state and national level.
   5. Creative/innovative development of programs, or materials that advance school nursing
       practice through the expansion of nursing knowledge base, skills, scope or philosophy.
   6. Contribution of significant approaches in overcoming barriers to the delivery of quality
       health care for school-aged children.
   7. Development, direction and participation in research or curriculum development
       significantly affecting the practice of school nursing or the health of school-aged children
       and their families.
   8. Widespread dissemination of research, or evidenced-based data or information, that
       significantly impacts the delivery of quality health services in the school setting.
   9. Distinguished public service and leadership related to school nursing (on two of the
       following levels-- local, state, national, international) through interdisciplinary
       partnerships and educational activities.
   10. Active participation in the development or passage of important health policy,
       legislation, regulations or standards, which affect the health of school-aged children on
       a state or national level.
   11. Other important and unique qualifying achievements.
                                                                                              PROCEDURE
                                                                               Approved by EC February 2007
                                                                                 Approved by BOD June 2008
                                      National Association of School Nurses
                         Fellows of the National Academy of School Nursing - Rating Sheet

 Name of Candidate: _______________________________________________

 Name of FNASN Committee Member:       __________________________                   Date: _____________

                                Criteria                             Significant    Some         No
                                                                      Evidence     Evidence   Evidence
 1   Distinguished service to NASN

 2   Potential for continuing commitment and leadership to
     NASN or to the advancement of the school nursing
     profession
 3   Demonstration of professional competence (e.g. academic
     degree or degrees, professional certification related to the
     practice of school nursing) and clinical expertise which
     result in significant contribution to school nursing
 4   Demonstration of leadership in professional associations
     with participation on a local, state, and national level.

 5   Creative/innovative development of programs or materials
     that advance school nursing practice through the
     expansion of nursing knowledge base, skills, scope or
     philosophy
 6   Contribution of significant approaches in overcoming
     barriers to the delivery of quality health care of school-age
     children
 7   Development, direction and participation in research or
     curriculum development significantly affecting the practice
     of school nursing or the health of school-age children and
     their families
 8   Widespread dissemination of research, or evidence-based
     data or information, that significantly impacts the delivery
     of quality health services in the school setting
 9   Distinguished public service and leadership related to
     school nursing (on two levels: local, state, national,
     international) through interdisciplinary partnerships and
     educational activities
10   Active participation in the development or passage of
     important health policy, legislation, regulations or
     standards, which affect the health of school-age children
     on a state or national level
11   Other important and uniquely qualifying achievements

     Recommendation for Fellows of the National Academy of School
     Nursing membership:
                                                                            Yes          No
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                                     Approved by BOD November 2003, June 2008
                                                    Approved by EC March 2004
       Form 6-I-FNASN                                      PAGE 1 of 2
            FELLOW OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCHOOL NURSING
                               APPLICATION

(Please type)
CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Name ___________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________

Telephone   (H)___________________________(W)______________________

Employed by _____________________________________________________

Title ____________________________________________________________

Years of NASN Membership _________________________________________

Signature of Candidate _____________________________________________

PETITIONER INFORMATION

Petitioner's name __________________________________________________

Petitioner's address ________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________

Petitioner's phone: _________________________________________________

Petitioner's position: __NASN BOD__ NASN Fellow        __Past NASN Officer
                      Affiliate ________________________________________
                      Years Served (Dates)_ ______________________________

Signature of petitioner:______________________________________________
              Form 6-I-FNASN                                                      PAGE 2 of 2


Requirements:
  1. A cover letter from petitioner with general introduction and recommendation of the
      candidate, along with names/addresses of those writing letters of recommendation.
  2. 5 (maximum) letters of recommendation (each one page in length).
  3. Curriculum vitae (maximum of four pages) (to include: degrees, certifications, work
      positions held, professional affiliations, positions held or committees served on).
  4. Supporting data demonstrating evidence of excellence in the required established
      criteria. Each criterion should be supported by summarized data, highlighting the
      candidate's achievements. The maximum number of total pages related to Criteria is
      limited to six.
  5. Materials all in typewritten form, using a font size of 10 points or larger.
  6. Original plus six legible copies.


Deadline:    Postmarked no later than December 31

Mail to:     NASN
             Attention: Chair, Fellows of the National Academy of School Nursing Committee
             8484 Georgia Ave., Ste. 420
             Silver Spring, MD 20910

The decision of the Committee is final and not subject to discussion or appeal.




                                                                              PROCEDURE
                                                              Approved by EC December 2008
                                       Academy of Fellows
                                  Initial Review Check-off List
This form us for use as a pre-screening tool by staff prior to sending to Academy of Fellows
Committee

Name of Nominee: ______________________________________________________

_____yes     _____no              Packet postmarked by December 31st.

_____yes     _____no              Application is not encased in plastic.

_____yes     _____no              Petitioner is current or past NASN Director or
                                  Affiliate President?

_____yes     _____no              Nominee meets membership requirement
                                  (cumulative 10 years).

_____yes     _____no              Cover letter from petitioner has general
                                  introduction/recommended and lists names/addresses of
                                  those writing letters of recommendations (can be in Cover
                                  letter or on separate sheet).
_____yes     _____no              Curriculum vita does not exceed 4 pages.

_____yes     _____no              Narrative addresses criterion #1 and at least 6 of
                                  The other 10 criteria listed on the Rating Sheet.

_____yes     _____no              Narrative is written in the sequence as outlined in
                                  The P&Ps and listed on the Rating Sheet.

_____yes     _____no              Narrative does not exceed 6 pages.

_____yes     _____no              Letters of recommendation/reference do not
                                  exceed 5 and are only 1 page in length each.
_____yes     _____no              Any letters of recommendation/reference from a
                                  current Academy of Fellows review committee member
                                  have been removed and held at the NASN office with review
                                  files.
                        Why Some FNASN Applications Are Rejected

“The purpose of the distinctive award Fellow of the National Academy of School Nursing, is to
recognize members of NASN whose achievements have made enduring, unique and
extraordinary contributions to the advancement of professional school nursing practice. The
National Academy of School Nursing comprises a group of leaders who provide the vision and
clinical expertise to advance the knowledge and skills of school nurses, promote the visibility of
school nursing practice, influence policy development, contribute to research and exemplify
highly effective management skills in the delivery of effective health services in schools. The
depth and breadth of the Fellow’s imprint on the field is extraordinary, their contributions have
had significant and enduring impact, and their exemplary leadership qualities and
achievements are recognized by many.”

It is frustrating to both applicants and their petitioners when an application is rejected. While
NASN policy precludes discussion of an unsuccessful application with the applicant, many
themes emerge in the review of unsuccessful applications. The following is a list of factors that
the Fellows Selection Committee considers during the applicant scoring process. Importantly,
there is no single criterion for rejection, nor is there any single criterion essential for success.
Each applicant brings his or her own set of strengths and weaknesses that are all evaluated as
part of a package.

Limited High-Level Involvement in NASN Activities----Many applicants are devoted NASN
members and regularly involved in their state affiliates or local organizations. Fellows,
however, are expected to contribute to the national organization above and beyond
participating in state or local boards, programs, and committees.

Publications----Fellows generally publish substantial works in peer-reviewed journals and
textbooks. These may be research, clinical, leadership, or policy articles, but go beyond case
studies, columns, interviews and newsletter items.

National Certification----NCSN certification reflects a basic level of competence in school
nursing and is highly valued by NASN. While professional certification as a NCSN is not
required, it does demonstrate commitment to the specialty of school nursing and, as such, it is
one factor considered when evaluating applications. National certification in a related specialty
area of nursing also demonstrates commitment to achieving expertise in nursing practice.

Scope of Impact----Many applicants are outstanding nurses, but this alone is not enough to
qualify for fellowship. The body of work contributed by NASN Fellows has far-reaching impact
on the profession, not just on individuals. Fellows are outstanding leaders, leaving behind
them an enduring legacy of specific works

that will continue to shape or guide the profession. Furthermore, the effects or outcomes of
the applicants’ contributions to the profession must be clear.

Monetary Gain----Although entrepreneurship is admirable, the accomplishments of Fellows
should not be solely related to work requirements or to personal business ventures. The
contributions by Fellows far surpass that of a job description or any private enterprise interests.
Too New----Fellows make substantial contributions to the field of school nursing. Some
applicants are clearly distinguished, even gifted, practitioners, but they have not yet produced
a significant body of work or demonstrated success over an extended period of time.

Too Far Distant----Fellows make sustained contributions to the profession and to the National
Association of School Nurses. Applicants who have been out of school nursing for a number
of years, and those whose professional contributions were largely in the past, are unlikely to be
considered. This does not preclude consideration of those applicants whose contributions have
continued in some capacity, even on a voluntary basis. Dates need to be included on the
application, leaving no gaps of time. It must be clear how the applicant has contributed, and
how (s) he will continue to contribute, to the profession of school nursing.

Poor Written Communications----A significant number of applications are filled with
typographical errors, misspellings, and poor grammar or they are simply sloppy and hard to
follow. In some, personal statements are vague or ill-written. Fellows are expected to
represent themselves well in all written communications, including the application process.

Curriculum Vitae----The CV needs to be specific and complete, but succinct, with important
details such as dates and a brief description of activities. Vague terms such as “multiple
committees, 1985-2007”, or “consultant” may be misconstrued. Timelines and duration of
events should be clear. Only professional activities should be listed. Summarize classes
taught or presentations made.

Letters of Reference----Many references repeat word-for-word what the applicant has written.
References should be familiar with the candidate and their body of work. References should
describe how they know the candidate, in what capacity and for how long. They should
elaborate on the candidate’s accomplishments, enduring contributions, and potential for future
contributions to the field, rather than the personal qualities of the candidate.



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