The role of school nurses in delivering health services for children with special needs : a literature review

Regina Lai Tong Lee, K.H.r.p.0.6.4.2.4. Yip

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Abstract

The prevalence rate of children with special needs is on the rise globally. Hong Kong is no exception. Little is known about the role of school nurses in delivering school health services, especially to children with special educational needs in Hong Kong school settings. Health planners and programme developers often lack knowledge about the role and value of school nurses in caring for children with special needs in ordinary and special schools. Thus, the aim of this paper is to review the literature and synthesize evidence related to the role of school nurses in delivering health services for children with special needs. This review finds that the scope and practice of school nurses working in ordinary and special schools have been clearly delineated both in the West and in nearby countries in the East. In contrast, the role of school nurses has not been well defined in Hong Kong. A position statement and a set of guidelines for
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalHong Kong Nursing Journal
Volume45
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • School children
  • Special needs
  • Role of school nurses
  • School health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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