Registered nurses in state schools

Registered nurses provide services to state primary and secondary schools and special schools within a region. They work with school staff to build their competence and confidence to safely manage procedures and interventions required by students with health support needs.

They provide assessment, health management planning, training and ongoing support and supervision for students with health support needs.

The State Schools Nursing Service (SSNS) is provided in every region and is available to all Queensland state schools.

Health support needs include, but are not limited to:

  • enteral feeding (gastrostomy, nasogastric, jejunostomy)
  • urinary management (catherisation, urostomy care)
  • airway management (trachesostomy care, oral suctioning, oxygen therapy)
  • bowel management (colostomy/ileostomy care)
  • diabetes management (insulin, blood sugar level testing, diabetic emergency)
  • epilepsy management (rectal Valium, nasal/buccal Midazolam)
  • anaphylaxis management (practical training in adrenaline auto injector use)
  • asthma management (emergency medication).

Who is eligible for the service?

Eligibility for referral includes students who require a health support procedure or intervention during school hours; or where the student's health condition is not easily managed without nursing support.

It is the principal’s decision, after consultation with a parent/s, to determine if a referral for nursing services is required. Parents should contact the principal of the school if they have an interest in the services offered in this brochure.

For any questions about services and referral, school staff should please contact the regional Clinical Nurse Consultant (Senior Nurse) or a registered nurse based in your region (PDF, 408KB).

How is the service delivered?

With student/parental consent, State School Registered Nurses (SSRN) will collaborate with parents, key school staff and treating health and therapy personnel to achieve the best educational outcomes for students.

Nursing services include:

  • support with risk assessment
  • development of individual (daily routine) and emergency school health plans
  • training in managing student health needs and performing health procedures
  • supervision and ongoing support (including refresher training) as required.

How to access this service

Schools can access nursing services by making a request through their principal. Parents and other health service providers, contact a registered nurse (PDF, 408KB) based in your region to learn more about how services can be requested.

The role of registered nurses in state schools

There are many opportunities for qualified, professional and team orientated nurses to work collaboratively with teachers and school communities to support students in Queensland schools. 

Learn more about departmental nurses roles in schools:

School-Based Youth Health Nurse program

The School-Based Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN) program is managed by Queensland Health and focuses on promoting preventative health strategies and wellbeing for students in Years 8-12. Nurses participating in this program work in partnership with school personnel to promote positive health and wellbeing for young people within a school community. Secondary school aged students with disability may access SBYHN services.

Last updated 24 January 2019