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Students’, parents’ and teachers’ views about the resources required by school nurses in Perth, Western Australia

McCluskey, A., Kendall, G. and Burns, S. (2019) Students’, parents’ and teachers’ views about the resources required by school nurses in Perth, Western Australia. Journal of Research in Nursing, 24 (7). pp. 515-526.

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Nurses play a significant role in promoting health in schools; however, they are often poorly resourced to do so.


The aim of the study was to identify the perceptions of students, parents and teachers regarding the resources school nurses require in order to practise effectively in the secondary school environment in Perth, Western Australia.


One-on-one interviews were conducted with parents, teachers, nurses, school principals and school counsellors. Focus groups were conducted at three schools with students in years 10, 11 and 12, parents and teachers. Interviews and focus group data were analysed using thematic analysis.


It was acknowledged that nurses in all schools were under-resourced, with large student numbers contributing to high workloads. The importance of privacy during a visit to the school nurse was highlighted by students. All stakeholders discussed the advantages of nurses completing extra qualifications, in addition to an undergraduate degree. Appropriate support and supervision were also highlighted.


School nurses need to thoroughly document and describe the work that they do and collaborate within the school community to advocate for increased resources. There is a great need for further research regarding the school nurse role involving the whole school community, and most importantly the students.

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