New Mexico - School nurse qualifications: Staff qualifications and professional development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires or recommends that all school nurses be properly certified by the state.

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.1.11 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

H. Support services. Districts and charter schools shall provide support service programs which strengthen the instructional program. Required support service programs are: library media, school counseling and health services. Support services shall:

  • (1) have a written, delivered and assessed program, K-12;
  • (2) provide licensed staff to develop and supervise the program;
  • (3) be assessed as part of the EPSS process; and
  • (4) support the local curriculum and EPSS.

New Mexico Statutes. 22-10A-17. Instructional support provider licenses.

A. The department shall license instructional support providers, including educational assistants, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, recreational therapists, marriage and family therapists, interpreters for the deaf, diagnosticians and other service providers. The department may provide a professional licensing framework in which licensees can advance in their careers through the demonstration of increased competencies and the undertaking of increased duties.

B. The department shall provide by rule for the requirements for licensure of types of instructional support providers. If an instructional support provider practices a licensed profession, the provider shall provide evidence satisfactory to the department that the provider holds a current, unsuspended license in the profession for which the provider is applying to provide instructional support services.
Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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