Key points of the framework for school nurses
* Nurses have access to suitable accommodation at their agreed base and within the school environment.
* Nurses have ready access to information and communications technology.
* There is an identified nursing team for each school cluster led by a public health nurse.
* The school nursing service is actively involved in the planning and development of New Community Schools.
* Nurses are accessible to children and their families and able to respond flexibly to their needs.
* Nurses are key members of community child health, school and local health care teams, providing linkages between them.
* Planning and delivery of routine immunisations to schoolchildren are undertaken by nurses.
* There is a strategy to ensure mass immunisation programmes cause minimum disruption to core school nursing.
* Nurses provide advice and support to staff and parents on the administration of medicines.
* There is an identified nursing team to address the needs of children with special needs.
* Nurses contribute to the well-being and protection of schoolchildren.
* Nurses work in partnership with other agencies to meet the needs of vulnerable children.
* Nurses promote positive mental health and well-being.
* Support is focused on the transition periods: nursery to school, primary to secondary, transfers between schools and leaving school.
* Nurses are active partners in health promoting schools. In particular, they promote a positive approach to sexual health and relationships; develop a culture of healthy eating and increased physical activity; plan, deliver and evaluate drug, alcohol and smoking prevention initiatives; and promote positive dental and oral health.
A Scottish Framework for Nursing in Schools, Scottish Executive, March 2003 www.scotland.gov.uklibrary5educationsfns-00.asp