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Unpacking a rucksack of worries with the school nurse

With rising numbers of 13-14 year olds being referred to child and adolescent mental health services, one nurse has launched an initiative to overturn the statistics

With rising numbers of 13-14 year olds being referred to child and adolescent mental health services, one nurse has launched an initiative to overturn the statistics

How to encourage young people to present their issues to the school nurse is a complex issue. But one school nurse has come up with a deceptively simple answer after undertaking a project to increase recognition and engagement with the service – school nurses should carry around a special rucksack as their ‘calling card’.

The school nurse is Jacqueline Jones, of Hywel Dda University Health Board, who works with secondary, special and primary schools in Camarthenshire, south west Wales.

She explained: ‘While on the specialist community public health nurse degree training, I was astounded by the number of emotional well-being issues. I wanted to spend time examining this, so I went to child

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