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Guide launched for nurses seeking new role in schools

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has developed new online guide for nurses who are new to working in the school nursing service.

The QNI said the new guide has been developed specifically for the school nurse environment and contains 11 chapters, on subjects including safeguarding, integrating children with special health needs, working with other community professionals, and career development. 

“One of the key aims of the QNI is to support nurses moving into community nursing posts”

Crystal Oldman

It is designed to be used with a mentor and is based on reflective learning principles.

The resource was written by Agnes Fanning and Jane Wright, both from Buckinghamshire New University, and informed by a survey of school nurses carried out in 2014.

The guide is based on the institute’s Transition to Community Nursing Practice document, which is now several years old.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said one of the institute’s “key aims” was to support nurses moving into community nursing posts.

“We identified a need for a specific resource for nurses moving into the school nursing service and we were delighted that we have been supported to develop the resource by Public Health England,” she said.

“School nursing has many particular challenges and requirements, and we wanted to share knowledge and best practice from existing nurses, which will be of assistance to any nurse moving to work in this challenging and rewarding area of practice,” she added.

Wendy Nicholson, lead nurse for children, young people and families at Public Health England, described school nursing as an “exciting and dynamic area in which to work”.

“New school nurses have told us that it can be difficult to find resources to help them develop and extend their knowledge,” she said.

She said the QNI guide was a “fabulous tool for all nurses who are either thinking about or who are new to working within school nursing”.

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