Children attending special schools often have healthcare needs that require ongoing medical and nursing care. Two postal surveys were undertaken of 47 special schools in N.Ireland to determine the type of contact they had with nurses and the functions they fulfilled. Responses were received from 42 school principals and from the 11 Health and Social Service Trusts responsible for nursing services. It was found that nurses were based in nine of 42 schools while the remaining schools depended on a range of different visiting nurses. The nurses were involved in ‘hands-on’ tasks as well as giving advice and training to school personnel. Further research needs to define more closely the nursing needs of these pupils as well as evaluating the differential benefits of various nursing services to schools and how their inputs can be coordinated with those of other health professionals.
|Journal||International Journal of Nursing Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2001|