Need for School Nurses to Play a Better Role

School-NursesThere are only 1,200 school nurses in England while there are a total of 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the country. School nurses play a vital role in taking care of the children and the government is now announcing that children will be helping the nurses to improve the care and support they deliver.

It emerged that now the children's safety and emotional wellbeing is the primary concern of the school nurses. Sharon White, a Professional Officer with the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA), said that their role is always about promotion of public health with children and families.

"But their work now covers around 50 different facets, ranging from acne to sexual exploitation, self harm to sleep problems - all those issues centred around the holistic health of children", she added. SAPHNA is a body that represents the school nurses.

It was learnt that nurses may be asked to do a more number of jobs including immunizing children, running drop-in clinics, measuring their height and weight and teaching part of the PSHE (personal, social and health education) curriculum.

The nurses will have to focus on different domain of services depending on the need of the local population. Their workload is shared by qualified health professionals' team.