The first class of specialist school nurses to qualify in Scotland since 2001 have graduated from University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
Five students officially graduated yesterday, following the reintroduction of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) Course at the University in 2017.
Fully-qualified NHS nurses Vivienne Adamson, Corrine McIvor, Lee Morrison, Vikki Murphy and Debbie Smart, were sponsored by various NHS Health Boards to complete the course, which focused on developing specialist healthcare skills to meet the needs of children and young adults between the ages of five and 19.
Located across Scotland, from Glasgow to the Western Isles, students learned through a combination of distance learning, online tutorials and on-campus learning.
UWS is one of only three institutions in Scotland delivering a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse programme for school nurses, and is currently educating a further 15 students.
The course was reintroduced after Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Fiona McQueen, called for school nurses to be educated to enable them to support children with their emotional health and wellbeing.