TES Scotland

Who can be a school nurse?

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School nurses have postgradua­te qualificat­ions, mainly at master’s level, and are community based. Many will be the named school nurse for a dozen schools. They lead a skill-mixed team of staff nurses, nursery nurses, support workers and administra­tive staff.

Some schools employ their own “school nurse” but many are not qualified nurses. Increasing­ly, schools are buying in additional services from their school nursing services. Independen­t schools employ their own healthcare staff, most of whom are not qualified school nurses. However, many are qualified nurses.

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