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School nursing brought to life by new QNI book

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Suzanne Gordon 'It has been both an honour and a pleasure to help school nurses write about their work,' said Suzanne Gordon

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new book of stories about school nursing, written by school nurses themselves. Featuring 19 real-life cast studies the book grew out of a workshop with the award-winning US writer Suzanne Gordon in 2019 and showcases the range of work school nurses do in schools, homes and communities. The project is also supported by Public Health England.

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‘I am delighted that we are publishing this book of stories; it is one way in which the QNI is helping community nurses to find their voice and articulate their value, describing their work as it is actually done, rather than as imagined,’ said QNI Chief Executive Dr Crystal Oldman.

‘By presenting the stories our goal is to bring the incredibly diverse, complex and challenging work of School Nurses to a much wider audience. The pandemic not only interrupted the original launch of the book in 2020 but has contributed to making nurses' work that much more challenging.’

Author Suzanne Gordon, who is also Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and an Affiliated scholar with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Wilson Centre, said: "It has been both an honour and a pleasure to help school nurses write about their work. I hope that more members of the public, policy makers, healthcare administrators, and other nurses will listen to their voices and value their work."

Stories of School Nursing can be downloaded here.

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