School Nursing

School Nurses are key public health and primary care practitioners who specialise in child and adolescent health, working in partnership with schools and the wider community.

What is a School Nurse?

School Nurses are key public health and primary care practitioners who specialise in child and adolescent health, working in partnership with schools and the wider community. School Nurses are Registered Nurses who have a specialist degree qualification or equivalent experience.

What does a School Nurse do?

School Nurses promote the health and well being of all school-age children and their families working with education, Social Services and voluntary agencies. School Nurses have an important role in improving health and tackling inequalities.

Within the School Nursing team there are:

  • School Nurses
  • Community school
  • Staff Nurses
  • Health Mentors
  • Clerical support
  • Healthcare Assistants.

Health promotion and education

School Nurses deliver a range of health promotion programmes to school-aged children and young people in partnership with parents:

  • Healthy eating / exercise
  • Personal hygiene
  • Accident prevention
  • Sun awareness
  • Growing up/puberty
  • Drugs/smoking/alcohol
  • First aid /resuscitation.

Healthy schools

School Nurses work in partnership with the Healthy Schools Programme. The programme involves pupils’ families and local services and aims to encourage schools to be part of healthy communities

What can I talk to my School Nurse about?

  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • Growth and development
  • Behaviour and relationships
  • Medical conditions in school
  • Immunisations
  • Bedwetting
  • Healthy lifestyles for families
  • Local support groups
  • Family distress
  • Support and Information:
    • Bullying
    • Drugs
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol
    • Puberty and growing up.

School Nurses can also refer you to other relevant services.