This is a joint consensus statement with the National Association of School Nurses.
Optimal sleep during growth and development is critical for the health, safety and academic success of our nation’s youth. Over half of high school youth and near one third in middle school report 7 hours or less sleep on school nights (National Sleep Foundation, 2014). These reports are in sharp contrast to recommended adolescent (age 12-17) sleep requirements of approximately 9 to 10 hours (Carskadon, 2011). The registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is in a pivotal position to collaborate with students, families, teachers, pediatric nurses, school administration officials, and other health care professionals to address factors contributing to insufficient sleep.