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School Based Youth Health Nurse

 
SCHOOL BASED YOUTH HEALTH NURSE PROGRAMME
Our Youth Health Nurse at Herberton State School P-10 Secondary Campus is Chris Gray, a Registered Nurse who works within Community Health and is placed in the school Wednesday’s to work with students, school staff and parents to promote health and wellbeing.
 
Part of Chris’s role is to support the health of the school environment through the Health Promoting Schools initiative. She can also connect people to other support services inside and outside the school.
 
The Youth Health Nurse can see people in private to talk about Health concerns / Healthy Eating / Personal and family problems/ Smoking, Alcohol or drug use / Healthy skin – Sun safety /Puberty, Growing up, Sexual Health / Getting IN touch with the right service, feeling unhappy or stressed, anything that affects health and wellbeing.
 
CONFIDENTIALITY
The Youth Health Nurse works in the school but is employed by Qld Health.
The Nurse is required to keep information confidential, unless the person agrees the nurse can do otherwise. If the nurse thinks it’s best to talk to someone else about the problem, she will explain the reasons why and talk about this prior to discussing the problem with others due to person being at risk of being hurt or hurting someone else.
 
GETTING THE BEST HELP FOR HEALTH NEEDS.
As a general rule the Youth Health Nurse does not provide ongoing Treatments eg. Medications, injections, first-aid/Physical Examinations/ Ongoing counselling for psychological or educational problems.
These are best for the young person to see another professional for further assistance such as a guidance officer, doctor, alcohol and drug counsellor or psychologist.
 
WORKING WITH STUDENTS, STAFF AND PARENTS FOR HEALTHIER, MORE SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS.
Apart from seeing people on an individual basis, the Youth Health Nurse works with the school community to identify and act on issues that may affect the health of students and the school community as a whole. This includes helping with curriculum, teaching and learning activities, supporting the development of an environment and school culture that supports health and wellbeing plus working with the community and other services.
Programs such as Black Chics/Boys Yarning, Core of Life, Helping Friends designed and run to help young people deal with life’s problems all part of School Nurse’s Role.
Please feel free to contact the school if wishing to speak to School Nurse or students may see the nurse on the day available on Wednesdays.
 
Chris Gray
SBYHN