Just days after the last class bell, Texas school nurses are already looking to improve and increase their knowledge for the next school year.

The 2016 School Nurse Conference, sponsored by McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White, began Tuesday morning at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple and will continue until Thursday afternoon.

More than 350 school nurses from across Texas attend the event every summer and have been doing so for the past decade.

“School nurses don’t often have opportunity during the school year to get continuing education credits,” Laurel Pilkington, nursing professional development specialist and clinical educator at McLane Children’s Hospital, said.

Nurses are required to do continued education to keep their licensure of which this conference provides that opportunity, Pilkington said. If they attend all of the presentations they will be able to acquire up to 19 credit hours.

“It is really important for school nurses to have up-to-date information for their practice,” Pilkington said.

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