Michelle Douthitt

Human Trafficking: Training for Healthcare Personnel and Support Staff

Michelle Douthitt, BSN, RN, NCSN, started her nursing career approximately 40 years ago after graduating with her ADN from Pan American University (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).  She went on to receive her BSN from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Although Michelle has experience in several nursing specialties, she has worked as a school nurse for the past 30 years with children of all ages, including special needs populations.  She is a nationally certified school nurse and was recently named Texas School Nurse of the Year for 2021.

Throughout Michelle’s career, she has spoken to various audiences, including groups of teens, parents and medical professionals on relevant topics affecting students. Since 2017, she has volunteered with Ransomed Life of Texas where she co-authored two medical/health professional training presentations on Human Trafficking, ultimately approved by the Executive Commissioner of the State of Texas.   These human trafficking presentations meet the license renewal requirements for Texas healthcare providers, as mandated by House Bill 2059.  Recently retired from her school nurse career, she is continuing her work in education by presenting these trainings across the state of Texas.