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    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. Box 149347, MC 1945
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-776-7555

    Email comments or questions to SchoolHealth@dshs.texas.gov

School Health Services

Texas School Health Services Survey


Help us meet your students’ needs for school-based health services! Participate in the 2019 Texas

School Health Services Survey.

Take the Texas School Health Services Survey 

Everybody counts, so count everybody!

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ School Health Program is conducting the Texas School Health Services Survey online May 1-Aug. 30.


We need information about the size and training of your school’s health services staff, the number of students with chronic conditions, and the number of visits to your school nurse’s office.

Your responses will help us identify unmet needs in school health services across the state. We'll use that information to develop programs and resources to address those needs. Take the survey today.

School Health Services - School Nurse Practice


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Sign up to receive information and updates on school health practices and services emailed free of charge to your inbox. Support for Texas school nurses is a major function of the DSHS School Health Program.

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Definition of School Nursing: a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge healthcare and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Approved by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

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 the rules and regulations relating to professional nurse education, licensure, and practice and has been issued a license to practice professional nursing in Texas.” 

The Board of Nursing believes that school nursing is a professional RN specialty. The RN has the educational preparation and critical thinking skills as well as clinical expertise which 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 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).

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Last updated August 20, 2019