There is a direct link between the health and wellbeing of young people and educational attainment. This is the message that school nurses from Lancashire Care are promoting next week during School Nurse Week from 10-14 July 2017.
During the week school nurses from the Trust will join their colleagues from across the country to highlight the important and valuable contribution that school nurses make in helping young people make health choices.
Cheryl Forrest, Service Manager, said: “There is a perception that the only thing that school nurses do is line schoolchildren up to check for nits and give jabs out. That might have been the case a few decades ago, but it’s not the case any longer. School nurses are highly skilled professionals that provide young people with support in dealing with a range of issues that include mental health, alcohol abuse, self-harming, drugs, healthy eating, bullying and relationships.
“There is a direct link in pupil health and wellbeing and educational attainment – school nurses play a pivotal role in health young people stay healthy. Our school nurses take great pride in making a difference in the lives of young people and help young people make healthy choices and keep themselves safe in a caring, non-judgemental and confidential way. We’re extremely proud of our school nurses and their dedication to providing high quality care to children and young people.”
We also provide a school nurse messaging service that enables children and young people between the ages of 11 and 19 to conveniently and confidentially contact a school nurse for advice and support with physical and emotional health.
The service caters for children and young people who increasingly use handheld mobile devices, and provides them the opportunity to contact a nurse by SMS text message and can be used outside school hours. School nurses in Lancashire can be contacted on 07507 330510 and in Blackburn with Darwen on 07507330509 with school nurses responding Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
School nurses play a huge role in safeguarding to prevent sexual exploitation, genital mutilation, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting teachers to deliver the relationship and sex education aspects of PSHE education.