School nursing

Male nurse talking to a young girl who is smiling

Learn more about the role school nurses take to deliver both universal and targeted services and work across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community.


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Who is this resource for?

This resource is aimed at nurses across all settings and levels of practice, including students of health, social work and care professions.

What will this resource give me?

  • information on the qualifications school nurses will have undertaken
  • programmes to improve health outcomes for school aged children and young people
  • top priorities for school nurses and health visitors
  • role of local authorities in England for commissioning school nursing services
  • importance of the contribution of school nurses across the UK
  • overview of school nurses in independent and private boarding schools
  • medicines administration, storage and record-keeping
  • administering medications under a homely remedy (over-the-counter) medicine that does not require a prescription
  • patient group directions and who can use them
  • administering prescription only medicines.

Resource last reviewed

7 Nov 2020

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