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School nurse

School nurses work with schools and families to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £37,890

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 variable

  • knowledge of medicine and nursing practices
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As part of your role, you could:

  • raise awareness of health issues like smoking and drug abuse
  • promote healthy living, including safe-sex education
  • give immunisations and vaccinations
  • carry out developmental screening
  • train teachers on healthcare issues
  • advise on school health policy
  • support children with medical needs like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or mental health issues

You could work at a school, at a pupil referral unit, in the community or at a college.

With experience, you could become a team manager or a community matron.

You could also become a manager of a service or work in education or research.

You'll find more details about becoming a school nurse from Health Careers.

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