Role of school nurses in identifying and supporting children and young people with mental health issues
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Role of school nurses in identifying and supporting children and young people with mental health issues

Sara Smith Children and Young People’s Nurse, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury, England
Ann Bevan Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England

Why you should read this article
  • To recognise role of school nurses in mental health provision for children and young people

  • To identify the importance of initiating early mental health interventions in schools

  • To understand the importance of further education in mental health for school nurses

School nurses have an important role in the provision of mental health services because of their expertise in healthcare and education. The aim of this literature review was to explore research about school nurses’ ability to identify and support children and young people in secondary education with mental health issues. A search of healthcare-related databases was undertaken using search terms such as ‘specialist community public health nurse’ (SCPHN), ‘school nurses’, ‘young people’, mental health’ and ‘adolescent mental health’ to identify relevant research.

The literature review found that school nurses perform various activities for children and young people, for example promoting optimal mental health, identifying concerns and initiating early interventions. However, the literature review also suggests that unless school nurses receive further education in mental health they will be unable to develop the necessary skills required to improve outcomes for children and young people in secondary education.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1253

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Smith S, Bevan A (2020) Role of school nurses in identifying and supporting children and young people with mental health issues. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1253

Published online: 11 February 2020