School Health Nurse
School Health Nurse
Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse based in the school. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people, supporting students to be both physically and emotionally healthy and to make informed healthy lifestyle choices. Our SHN is Wendy Bull:
I trained as nurse in the 1980s at Bristol and have always worked as a nurse. I have experience in hospitals in Bristol, Taunton, Basingstoke and Gloucester and have worked in clinical research in Oxford. I worked as a Practice Nurse in Bicester for 14 years. During that time I also worked as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. In 2011, I decided to combine my love of nursing with my love of teaching in school, and I joined the school nursing team in Oxford City. The following year I attended Oxford Brookes University to complete a postgraduate diploma in Public Health Nursing, specialising in school nursing. I have worked as a school nurse for the last 10 years.
I have 3 grown up sons, who currently live at home! I love sport and particularly rugby. I also enjoy cooking and am told that I bake a pretty mean brownie!
What the SHN does
We offer routine childhood vaccinations:
- Year 7 - nasal flu
- Year 8 – HPV
- Year 9 – Tetanus /diphtheria/ polio booster and meningitis ACWY.
We offer support around use of medication in school particularly emergency medications such as adrenaline auto-injectors, insulin, epilepsy treatments and asthma inhalers.
School Nurses provide public health interventions including:
- Someone to talk to confidentially to address issues concerning emotional, physical, sexual and social health and wellbeing.
- Health lifestyle choices (keeping safe, smoking cessation, substance misuse advice)
- Support teachers with PSHE
- Refer and signpost to specialist services
- Offer a confidential School Nurse drop-in
- Provide contraception, pregnancy testing and sexual health screening.
- Smoking cessation support
If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.
How can students at Warriner access the School Nurse?
- Contact Wendy via text or phone – 07796 927093
- E mail Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the School Nurse office at lunchtime
- Speak to a member of school staff who can refer to the school nurse
- Referral to the School Nurse by a member of school staff if a health need is identified.
Although we work closely with school staff, the School Nursing service is confidential. This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not share any information without permission. Our aim is to work jointly with parents where this is appropriate and is something we work towards.
The only limit to confidentiality is regarding information shared which indicates risk of serious risk of harm to the young person or another young person/child. In this case we have a duty of care to share this information in order to keep them safe from harm. This is part of our safeguarding responsibility. Where possible we will discuss this with the young person first.
Please click here to see some information about the sexual health service provided by school health nurses in schools.
Mobile: 07796 927093
Email – email@example.com