How to become a school nurse
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
If you are a qualified registered nurse or midwife you may be able to do a specialist community public health nurse (Master's) degree apprenticeship.
This typically takes 18 months to complete as a mix of 50 percent workplace learning and 50 percent academic study at an accredited university.
You'll usually need:
- to be a registered nurse
You can apply to become a school nurse if you're a registered nurse or midwife. Any branch of nursing is acceptable.
You'll usually complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - School Nursing, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Courses can last between 1 and 2 years.
- you'll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
You may have an advantage when looking for work or training if you've got experience in health promotion or working with children in the community.
Knowledge of child protection and an understanding of family planning issues and the health needs of school children would also be useful.
You'll find more details about becoming a school nurse from Health Careers.