School Nurse Practitioner Career
School Nurse: A School Nurse is responsible for providing healthcare to a child or young person attending a school or college. Some large schools have a full time School Nurse employed where as smaller schools share the Nursing resource between them.
The main duties of a school nurse include:
- Developing a healthcare plan for the school.
- Training school based staff in first aid, first response, dealing with Epilepsy and asthma.
- Educating students and teachers on different healthcare issues.
- Providing support and counseling services to students with mental health issues.
- Working closely with other Community Groups and Social Workers.
- Educating parents on the importance of nutrition and exercise.
- Testing hearing, eyesight and monitoring the weight and height of the child.
Where they work: In large schools a School Nurse spends most of their time working from their offices within the school. Many school nurses visit schools in a specific geographical area, these visits would be intermittent.
Qualifications: A school nurse is a qualified Registered Nurse with a qualification in Pediatric Nursing. Most Pediatric Nursing programs require students to have several years experience of working with children. For more information please see Pediatric Nurse Practitioner below.
Find a Nursing School near you: Use the Further Your Career zip code search box, to find schools and colleges in your area that offer nursing programs.
Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: