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School Nurse Institute Partnership (SNIP)


The School Nurse Institute Partnership (SNIP) is a statewide committee that was organized in 1998 by a steering committee of representatives from the Partnership for People with Disabilities (then the Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities), and the Virginia Departments of Education and Health. This committee determined that a public-private partnership should be formed with school nurses and school- nursing groups, as well as with institutions of higher education, to enhance and coordinate school nursing-related education activities throughout Virginia. SNIP currently is comprised of school nurses, representatives from the Virginia Association of School Nurses, the Virginia Departments of Education and Health, the Virginia Emergency Medical Services for Children Project, and six university schools of nursing. SNIP is coordinated at the Partnership for People with Disabilities. SNIP members meet periodically to discuss the educational needs of school nurses. SNIP is unique in that nurses in practice and education who are interested in promoting continuing education for school nurses collaborate to meet this need. Programs that SNIP has coordinated in the past include Managing School Emergencies I, II, and II, Legal Issues in School Health Practice, and the Role of the School Nurse on the IEP Team. Most recently, SNIP has coordinated the Disaster Preparedness for School Nurses Workshops. Specific training events are funded by registration fees and specific contracts.

Major Activities

  • Assess the learning needs of school nursing personnel
  • Coordinate the provision of continuing education for school nurses
  • Disseminate information about educational offerings using instructional technology
  • Provide educational activities for unlicensed school personnel
  • Support academic preparation in school nursing


Bernice Allen at (804)828-8593, or

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