Sue Barratt is a local School Nurse in Wirral, northwest England. School nurses are a vital part of school life and Sue provides support to students and their families on a range of issues.
How many years have you been a School Nurse for?
I have over 20 years experience.
Do you love the work you do?
I love my job and think very dearly about the children and families that I work with.
Why do you choose to be a School Nurse?
I truly believe the future of our community lies in the hands of our young people and I really enjoy supporting young people and hope to make a difference in their lives.
You help not only students but also families, is that correct?
I am particularly keen to support vulnerable families, especially in times of great stress. I find that often the school nurse is in a unique position to offer a helping hand.
What time do you get into work in the morning?
After a quick, early morning brew I start my day at 8.30am and am straight into school.
Who helps you in your role as School Nurse?
I often meet with key members of staff including youth workers to make sure the right support is being delivered for the individual needs of children and their families.
What kind of advice do you provide to children?
I talk to the children about the health promotion activities available and provide advice and support on eating well and exercising more.
How much work do you do in primary schools?
I spend time every week in two primary schools, delivering health promotion sessions and helping prepare students in year five and six for their move to high school.
Would you like to share a day in your life as a School Nurse?
How do you go about helping improve the health and wellbeing of students? What’s your biggest challenge? What support do you need to do a better job as a School Nurse?
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