Data Privacy in School Nursing: Navigating the Complex Landscape of Data Privacy Laws (Part II)
January 23, 2020
School nurses collect and are responsible for a vast amount of personal information related to students and their health. This document is a follow-up to Data Privacy in School Nursing: Navigating the Complex Landscape of Data Privacy Laws (Part I), and will continue where that document left off by addressing additional specific questions from members of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) related to data privacy and data sharing in school nursing. Please see Part I for a brief overview of HIPAA and FERPA as they relate to the practice of school nursing, as well as guidance on how to navigate the intersection of the two laws.
Each state also has its own data privacy laws that may affect data privacy and data sharing, therefore school districts should always refer to the most updated version of state law when deciding how a particular record should be handled. Contact the Network for Public Health Law for assistance on individual state laws.