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The season of hope

02 February 2024
Volume 5 · Issue 1


As Winter draws to an end, Sallyann Sutton shares some of the latest positive developments for school nursing and urges school nurses to share case studies and to respond to SAPHNA's survey.

Things are on the turn. At the time of writing this, the snowdrops are out, one of the first signs that winter is drawing to an end. By the time this goes to press we will be seeing daffodils, and the days will be longer. We will be entering spring, the season of hope, new beginnings, and transformations, symbolising the resurgence of life, our energy tends to rise and helps us feel optimistic.

So, is there hope and optimism for the health and wellbeing of school-aged children and for school nurses who support them?

I shared in the last edition that Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) has taken public health nursing under her wing. So, school nurses are firmly back in the nursing family. Public health nursing will also feature strongly in the imminent CNO Strategy, which has a focus on tackling health inequalities and commitment to developing the specialist public health workforce which includes school nursing. Hopefully, by the time this is in press the strategy will be published.

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