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    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. BOX 149347, MC1925
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
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School Health Services - Nursing Practice Resources

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The resources listed on this page will assist the school nurse or other healthcare and school professionals in promoting health and providing health services to students. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are school nurses required in Texas? 

A.  There is no statutory requirement for Texas schools to employ a nurse except as indicated in Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, but if the school DOES, it must comply with this section of the Texas Education Code: 

§ 21.003.  CERTIFICATION REQUIRED
(a) A person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by Subchapter B.
(b) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a person may not be employed by a school district as an audiologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician, nurse, school psychologist, associate school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, social worker, or speech language pathologist unless the person is licensed by the state agency that licenses that profession and may perform specific services within those professions for a school district only if the person holds the appropriate credential from the appropriate state agency. 
 
Q. What is the ratio of school nurses to students in Texas? 
A.  The Texas Department of State Health Services utilizes data from the Texas Board of Nursing, in which RNs (and LVNs) self-report as being employed in either school or college health services.  Compared to the number of public school children in the state for the 2014 school year (5,135,880), the ratio would appear to be 784 students per school nurse (RN).  However, remember that the RNs include "college" health and the student count used above includes only public schools.  Hence this ratio is not accurate, but is an estimate.  The Higher Education Coordinating Board for Texas has data on the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions.  They can be reached via telephone at: 512-427-6101 or through their Web site at www.thecb.state.tx.us.


Last updated January 6, 2017