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Belinda Clark ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Officer
P 9275 9333 E firstname.lastname@example.org
School nursing is a specialised practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, and primary healthcare of students and staff within a school community. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, intervene with actual or potential health problems and provide case management services.
We are a group of nurses who work within the school environment encompassing, Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the school term starting at 1830hrs and include an educational presentation by guest speakers, followed by a light supper, networking and a business meeting. We also often organise professional development days relevant to school nursing including annual CPR and first aid updates, sports medicine workshops, mental health seminars and bi-annual conferences.
In 2010 the Victorian School Nurses' SIG released a set of professional standards as a result of several forums and feedback sessions with the members. The VSN saw the development of these standards as a critical step in increasing awareness of the special knowledge and skills required by nurses working in school settings. Many people - including nurses, other health professionals, teachers and parents - are unaware of the diverse and complex roles performed by school nurses. At this launch we were approached by the ANMF to determine if they could be used as a basis to formulate a national set of professional standards. A great amount of work was done by Elizabeth Foley from the ANMF and Maureen Ward VSN member, to produce these standards.
Download the VSN membership form