The Queen’s Nursing Institute has created a new online learning resource for nurses who are new to working in the school nursing service.
The new resource is based on the QNI’s existing popular resource, ‘Transition to Community Nursing Practice’ which was launched in September 2013.
The new learning resource has been developed specifically for the school nurse environment and contains 11 chapters, on subjects including safeguarding, integrating children with special health needs, working with other community professionals, and career development. As with the original ‘Transition’ resource, the new book is designed to be used with a mentor and is based on reflective learning principles.
The resource was written by Agnes Fanning and Jane Wright from Buckinghamshire New University and informed by a detailed online survey of school nurses carried out in 2014.
Dr Crystal Oldman, QNI Chief Executive commented, ‘One of the key aims of the QNI is to support nurses moving into community nursing posts. We identified a need for a specific resource for nurses moving into the school nursing service and we were delighted that we have been supported to develop the resource by Public Health England. School nursing has many particular challenges and requirements, and we wanted to share knowledge and best practice from existing nurses, which will be of assistance to any nurse moving to work in this challenging and rewarding area of practice’.
Wendy Nicholson, Lead Nurse - Children, Young People & Families, Public Health England commented, ‘School nursing is an exciting and dynamic area in which to work. New School nurses have told us that it can be difficult to find resources to help them develop and extend their knowledge. This new resource developed by QNI in conjunction with key partners is a fabulous tool for all nurses who are either thinking about or who are new to working within school nursing.’
The resource is available on the QNI’s website at http://www.qni.org.uk/for_nurses/transition_to_the_school_nursing_service