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The role of the school nurse in special schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties.

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Moore, Gordon, McConkey, Roy and Duffy,, Margo (2003) The role of the school nurse in special schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40 . pp. 771-779. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The work of two paediatric nurses working full-time in special schools was monitored over a full school year. Most of their time was spent on routine tasks with small numbers of pupils who required enteral feeding and suctioning. They were also responsible for administering medications to around 1 in 6 of the pupils. Both nurses had an involvement instaff training and health promotion classes; more so in one school than the other. In two similar schools which did not have a nurse, the routine tasks were done mainlyby teachers or assistants with support from visiting community nurses.Health promotion formed part of the school curriculum. The presence of the nurses in schools was valued by school staff, parents and other health and social care professionals. The implications of these findings are discussed in the context of the British Government’s aspirations for school nurses to play a keyrole in reducing health inequalities.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18361
Deposited By:Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:18 May 2011 12:49
Last Modified:18 May 2011 12:49

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