School nursing workload: A scoping review

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The school nursing service is pivotal in supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The management of this universal resource is imperative to the provision of safe and effective care delivery. This scoping review aimed to critically analyse literature pertaining to school nursing workload. A
systematic database search was conducted for papers published in English from 2017–2022 using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) tool. The 20 papers included were appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programmes Checklists (CASP) tool. Four main themes emerged
from the literature namely: workload tools, student outcomes, gaps and barriers to practice, and environmental factors. There was no substantial evidence base to justify the selection of any particular workload approach or tool and with minimal programmatic research directed towards establishing the reliability and validity of such tools. Further consideration is required to determine how the tools might inform school nursing workforce planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-194
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Child Health
Issue number4
Early online date23 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 23 Sept 2023


  • School nurse
  • public health nurse
  • school health
  • workload
  • caseload
  • work demand


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