Victorian School Nurses SIG

Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups meetings, Events and Conferences

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.

Aims and objectives

  • To encourage communication and active participation within all areas of the school nursing community
  • To recognise and encourage on-going education and professional development by our members
  • To promote proactive primary healthcare and education within our given settings
  • To support other professionals in our specific field

Meetings

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the school term starting at 18:30hrs 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.

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National School Nursing Professional Practice Standards

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.

Membership

  • Full membership is open to all nurses who are financial members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation 
  • Associate membership is open to all nurses and first aiders who work within the school environment.