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Who is the School Nurse?

The Texas Education Agency defines a school nurse in 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 153.1022 (a) (1) (D) as “… an educator employed to provide full-time nursing and health care services and who meets all the requirements to practice as a registered nurse (RN) pursuant to the Nursing Practice Act and rules and regulations relating to professional nurse education, licensure, and practice and has been issued a license to practice professional nursing in Texas.” The Texas Board of Nursing believes that school nursing is a professional registered nursing (RN) specialty. School nursing requires comprehensive assessment skills to promote student health, prevent illness and intervene in accordance with the nursing care plan. The RN has the educational preparation and critical thinking skills as well as clinical expertise that are essential to nursing in the school setting. These activities involve the comprehensive assessment of the nursing/health care needs of the student, the development of a nursing plan of care, implementation of the plan, and evaluation of the outcomes. The provision of these services by the RN contributes directly to the students' education and to the successful outcome of the educational process. These essential components of professional nursing practice are the responsibility of the RN in compliance with 22 TAC §217.11(3)(A).

The professional school nurse is accountable to practice in accordance with the Professional Standards of School Nursing Practice as stated by the National Association of School Nursing (NASN) and must follow the state and federal education and health laws impacting children.

NASN believes that a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is the appropriate preparation for entry into School Nursing. Therefore, RISD currently requires a bachelor's degree to be employed as a School Nurse though several master's-level prepared school nurses are also on staff.

School Nurses are required by the Nurse Practice Act to fulfill continuous education requirements on a yearly basis in order to maintain their license to practice.

     
 
 
 
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