History

Belle Blackwell’s nursing career began at Eldridge Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas and continued through both the Houston and Harris County Health Departments. Belle Blackwell became Director of Nurses in Houston Public Schools in 1945 and held this position until 1958.

As a strong advocate for School Nurses, in her tenure as director, she broadened the school health program to include all phases of school health.

“Health in the Classroom”, the first sound motion picture developed for school health, was written and produced by Belle Blackwell.  It was used for orientation of school nurses in Houston Public Schools, and for other continuing education venues.

Belle Blackwell was respected by many for her contributions to school health programs and the health of school children of Texas.

Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO), Region IV continues to honor Belle Blackwell for her dedication to school health by holding an annual continuing education conference in her name.  Each year, one of the 51 districts in Region IV hosts the conference which provides school nurses current information on topics affecting their practice.  This is a great opportunity for School Nurses to meet and network with surrounding districts and earn Continuing Education Units.

Historical information about Belle Blackwell was compiled by Miss Lauretta May Miller, BA, MA, Nursing Supervisor, Houston ISD, 1948-1971