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Victorian School Nurses ANMF SIG

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.

Contact:
Belinda Clark: 9275 9333
email address: bclark@anmfvic.asn.au

We are a group of Nurses who work within the school environment encompassing, Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.

Aims & Objectives:

  • To encourage communication and active participation within all areas of the school nursing community.
  • To recognize 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 3rd 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 organize Professional Development days relevant to School nursing including annual CPR and first aid updates, Sports Medicine workshops, Mental Health Seminars and Bi-annual Conferences.

Meeting dates for 2014
6 May
29 July
21 Octobe

National School Nursing Professional Practice Standards

In 2010 the Victorian School Nurses' S.I.G. 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.

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During the ANMF Vic Branch Professional issues in Practice conference in September, Yvonne Chaperon (Assistant Federal Secretary ANMF) publicly launched the "National School Nurse Professional Practice Standards". Several of the VSN members as well as our colleagues from the NSW School Nurse's Assoc., were present for this very important occasion for school nursing.

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