School nurses keep on shining during the pandemic
There have been great examples of school nursing practice so far during the pandemic, which in turn have led to increase in workforce commissions. However, to truly effect change we need to grow the body of school nursing research and evidence, Sharon White explains
Sitting in my humble, though very busy, home-based office, I have the privileged position of sharing in some of the fabulous work consistently being churned out by the amazing school nursing workforce. This work is being nationally recognised through awards (Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, 2020; SAPHNA, 2020) and showcased by the Local Government Association who have kindly funded four case study videos from health visiting and school nursing to showcase your exemplary work during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are to be published soon (See www.saphna.co).
Recognising the unique and invaluable public health role of school nursing, schools, local authorities, NHSEi and others are, in many areas, now funding additional commissions from our workforce to address the demands of the coronavirus and its impact on our children young people, families and partners; this is heartening to see and, reportedly, thus far, with great results!
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