(a) There is created within the department of health the Tennessee public school nurse
(b) The chief medical officer for the state, appointed pursuant to § 68-1-102(c), shall serve as executive director of the program.
(c) In order to attain the highest level of school attendance, to promote excellence
of academic performance and achievement, and to significantly reduce school dropout
rates, the executive director, acting through the program, shall strive to improve
and safeguard the physical and mental health and well-being of the student population
of Tennessee's public schools.
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