Charity launches book of stories about school nursing written by nurses

Posted: 21st June 2021

Community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a book of stories on school nursing that have been written by school nurses themselves.

The book – titled School Nurse Stories: Health and care for children, young people and families – features 19 different case studies.

The QNI said it demonstrated the “vast range” of work that specialist practitioners manage in schools, home and communities with young people and their families/carers.

The book was written following a workshop with author Suzanne Gordon in 2019 and with the support of Public Health England.

Among a wide range of publications, Ms Gordon has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

She is also the author, co-author or editor of 19 books including Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines, and Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety.

Ms Gordon said: “It has been both an honour and a pleasure to help nurses write about their work.

“I hope that more members of the public, policy makers, hospital and healthcare administrators, and even other nurses will listen to their voices and value their work,” she said.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman described the book as a way to help community nurses “to find their voice and articulate their value, describing their work as it is actually done, rather than as imagined”.

She said: “By presenting the stories, our goal is to bring the incredibly diverse, complex and challenging work of school nurses to a much wider audience.”

She noted that the pandemic had not only interrupted the original launch of the book in 2020 but had also contributed to making the work of nurses “that much more challenging”.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Suzanne Gordon for all her help curating and editing the book and all the school nurses who so eloquently and movingly shared their stories,” she added.

Wendy Nicholson, deputy chief nurse at Public Health England and a QNI fellow, said: “It is incredibly important that school nurses are recognised for their leadership and the difference they make to the lives of children and young people every day.

“These case studies provide an opportunity to focus on their vital role, and we are delighted to support this work.”


Source: Nursing Times

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