The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a book of stories on school nursing written by School Nurses themselves.

The book – which features 19 different case studies – was written following a workshop with author Suzanne Gordon in 2019 and with the support of Public Health England.  It demonstrates the vast range of work that specialist practitioners manage in schools, home and communities with young people and their families/carers.

The book can be downloaded below.

It has been both an honour and a pleasure to help School Nurses write about their work. I hope that more members of the public, policy makers, healthcare administrators, and other nurses will listen to their voices and value their work.

Suzanne Gordon, Author and Editor

I am delighted that we are publishing this book of stories; it is one way in which the QNI is helping community nurses to find their voice and articulate their value, describing their work as it is actually done, rather than as imagined.

By presenting the stories our goal is to bring the incredibly diverse, complex and challenging work of School Nurses to a much wider audience. The pandemic not only interrupted the original launch of the book in 2020 but has contributed to making nurses' work that much more challenging. 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Suzanne Gordon for all her help curating and editing the book and all the School Nurses who so eloquently and movingly shared their stories.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI

It’s incredibly important school nurses are recognised for their leadership and the difference they make to the lives of children and young people every day. These case studies provide an opportunity to focus on their vital role, and we are delighted to support this work.

Wendy Nicholson MBE, Deputy Chief Nurse and QNI Fellow

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