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School nursing

School nurses provide a variety of services such as providing health and sex education within schools, carrying out developmental screening, undertaking health interviews and administering immunisation programmes. School nurses can be employed by the local health authority, community NHS providers or by a school directly.

Check out our video about school nursing, which features real school nurses talking about their work. 

Click here for a full transcript of the video.

Useful experience

It is possible to enter school nursing straight from initial registration. See our information on training to be a registered nurse.

It may also be beneficial for individuals looking to pursue this to try and spend some time shadowing a current school nurse in order to find out more about what the role entails.

Some roles may require applicants to have gained experience as a registered nurse first. The kind of experience that would be useful when looking for a role as a school nurse would include experience of working with children, having input in the development of health promotion clinics and working in the community. A school nurse would also need to have excellent communication skills and be non-judgemental.

Training

Staff working as school nurses will usually work towards the School Nursing/Specialist Community Public Health Nurse qualification. This is at degree and masters level and offered by a number of universities. 

Nurses working in schools without this qualification may be known by different job titles, such as young person's health adviser or school health nurse.

Knowledge

Having some understanding of the following areas would be useful for someone looking to enter the school nursing field - knowledge of health promotion, child protection, family planning, education and screening and some insight into the health needs of children and teenagers is useful.

More information

For more information about various community roles (including school nursing), contact:

SAPHNA
Pinfold House,
10 Pinfold Rise,
Aberford,
Leeds
LS25 3EN
Tel: 07702 871922
Website: http://www.jfhc.co.uk/saphna/home.aspx

Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
128 Theobald's Road
Holborn
London
WC1X 8TN
Tel: 0207 611 2500
Fax: 0870 731 5043
Website: http://www.unitetheunion.com/cphva

Job vacancies appear in a range of sources including the NHS Jobs website