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22 August 2001

 

CALL FOR 50% INCREASE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

SCHOOL NURSES

 
There needs to be a 50 per cent rise in the number of school nurses in Northern Ireland if school children are to benefit from public health initiatives, a conference in Armagh will be told on Friday, 7 September.
 
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for School Nursing, Pat Jackson will tell delegates: ‘There are currently about 100 school nurses in Northern Ireland. This is a completely inadequate figure and it needs to rise considerably, probably by at least 50 per cent.’
 
‘Schoolchildren in Northern Ireland face the twin threats of an increasing drug culture and one of the worst rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe, and school nurses are in the public health frontline, offering practical advice and help to often confused and anxious young people.’
 
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said: ‘The conference will also focus on the issue of training and how school nurses in Northern Ireland are losing out compared with their counterparts in the rest of the UK.’
 
There has been a difficulty for school nurses in Northern Ireland to access the courses to obtain the specialist practitioner qualification for school nursing. We are campaigning strongly to rectify this situation.’
 
The Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network is holding its second Northern Ireland School Nursing conference - Rising to the challenge – can you deliver? - in Armagh.
 
The speakers include: Dr Carolyn Mason, Nursing Officer, Community Nursing and Public Health, DHSS&PS and Professor Brenda Poulton, Professor of Community Care, University of Ulster.
 

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union

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