Health Services
708 Palm Blvd. (Rm.111), Brownsville, Texas 78521
Office (956) 548-8191 Fax (956) 548-7910
About our Department
Mission Statement - The mission of the School Nurses of Brownsville Independent School District is to remove barriers for learning by resolving health concerns, promoting wellness, education and safety. An optimal healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally, increases excellence in the classroom, reduces absenteeism and assures lifetime success.

Medical Quicklinks
Texas Poison Center network 1-800-222-1222 or

Immunizations - All students must be immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate indicating that, for medical or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. State law requires the following immunizations: Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella, Haemophilus Influenza Type B, Varicella, Hepatitis A and B, and MCV.

The immunization requirements involve different student age groups. For specific information, you should contact your personal family physician, the school nurse, or BISD Health Services at 548-8191.

Proof of completed immunizations should be provided to the school nurse before the first day of school.

Parents of BISD students will be advised if any immunization is due. It is recommended that all immunization requirements be completed by August 1, 2016 and cleared by the school nurse in order to protect the health of our students and to avoid lost instructional time.

School nurses will no longer provide tuberculosis testing to students. All students who are new to the district must show proof of previous TB test before they will be allowed to enroll in school.

In April 2003, the BISD Board of Trustees adopted a revised Policy DBB (Local) regarding employee and volunteer TB testing TB examinations are now only required for new personnel, including substitute teachers, at the start of employment. School volunteers no longer need TB examinations.

Definition of school nurse based on the
Texas Administrative Code

“ A school nurse is 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”.

Roles of the School Nurse:
• Collaborates closely with the campus principal, school counselor, teachers, parents, food service staff and other staff to provide leadership to ensure a health school environment and assist in meeting the health needs of the general school population and those students with identified health conditions;
• Provides direct care utilizing professional assessment skills, the nursing process and established school health protocols;
• Initiates and maintains accurate student health records, including immunization records, medication administration records, individual student treatment records, and individualized student health care plans (IHPs);
• Establishes effective procedures for carrying out mandatory screening programs and submitting required reports;
• Communicates with parents regarding individual students and serves as liaison between school personnel, the family, health care professionals, and the community regarding health issues;
• Contributes to the campus communications to parents and the local community regarding health issues;
• Attends Admission Review & Dismissal (ARD) meetings of students with identified health needs, and develops the IHP;
• Collaborates with the district personnel, including school psychologist/special education diagnostician regarding implementation of health related individualized education plan (IEP) goals and services;
• Educates faculty and staff as needed on health related topics;
• Develops and recommends campus policies and procedures to promote the health and wellness of students and staff; and
• Supervises, trains and evaluates LVN’s unlicensed diabetes care assistants, other unlicensed assistive personnel, or other school personnel as designated by the campus principal to have responsibility for assisting students with health needs.
Quick Links
Asthma Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Diabetic Action Plan
Food Allergy Action Plan
Medical Consent form

Rosa M. Pones RN, BSN, MPH

Martha P. De Luna RN

Nancy N. Hernandez, LVN

Oralia Trevino RN

Sonia Robertson
Secretary VI

Susana Perez
CPR Trainer

Araceli Fernandez De Lara
Clerical Assistant III

Erika B Garcia
Clerical Assistant II