School nursing: What's in a name?
School nursing is characterised by a small but unique workforce that plays an essential role in the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Sharon White explains why it is important to protect the profession.
We, alongside many thousands of you and others, have recently been involved in the Nursing and Midwifery Councils review of post-registration standards ‘Building on ambitions for community and public health nursing’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2021).
We continue to be involved in the findings and agreed changes. The intent of the new standards ‘will ensure that people who use health and care services can be confident that they will receive high quality care from their specialist practitioner whether they're at home, in the community, or accessing public health services’.
While we have expressed our frustrations at this work going ahead during and, indeed, adding to the pressures of this global pandemic, we also knew we needed to be at this table. Unless we are in the conversation and helping others to best understand our unique role, and therefore relevant standards, we run the risk of these and any review not being accurate nor protective of our fabulous school nursing profession.
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