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Not enough school nurses to meet demand

13th May 2009

A poll from the Royal College of Nursing suggests two thirds of state-school nurses feel overstretched and unsupported. 

The average state-school nurse now has to look after over 2,500 children while taking on new work like HPV jabs, tackling obesity and sexual health services.

The RCN poll of more than 1,000 nurses revealed each one covers seven schools on average, with some responsible for up to 26 schools. Three-quarters reported spending a ‘significant’ amount of time dealing with child protection issues.

 

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