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School Youth Health Nurse

 
What Does Your School Youth Health Nurse Do?
 
The School Youth Health Nurse works with students, school staff and parents to:
address concerns or problems about health and wellbeing, create a more supportive, healthy school environment (a health promoting school), connect people to other support services inside and outside the school.
 
The School Youth Health Nurse can see young people in private to talk about:
  •  health concerns
  •  relationships
  •  personal and family problems
  •  smoking, alcohol or drug issues and problems
  •  sexual health
  •  healthy skin
  •  feeling unhappy or stressed
  •  puberty, growing up
  •  healthy eating, exercise, weight and eating problems
  •  getting in touch with right service
  •  anything that affects health and wellbeing

 

Confidentiality 
 
The School Youth Health Nurse works with the school but is employed by Queensland Health. The nurse is confidential (not talking about to others) unless the young person agrees the nurse can do otherwise.
However, if the young person the nurse is seeing is at risk of being hurt or hurting someone else, the nurse may need to discuss this information with another service or agency. If the nurse thinks it’s best to talk to someone else about the problem they will usually explain the reasons why and talk with the young person about this. 
In most cases, it is best for young people to also talk to their parents about any problems and concerns they have and the Youth Health Nurse can help them do this.  You can find the School Youth Health Nurse in G block between RTC and Chaplin’s office.  
 
Getting The Best Help You Need
 
The School Based Youth Health Nurse is available to talk to anyone about any concerns or problems they may have.
Some problems may be better dealt with by other professionals in the school community. If the young person agrees the nurse can work with other support staff in the school, or health professionals in the community to help with their problems. 
At times it may be best for the young person to see another professional for further assistance, eg:
  •   Guidance officer
  •   Doctor
  •   Chaplin
  •   Alcohol and drug counsellor
  •   Psychologist 
 
As a general rule, the School Based Youth Health Nurse does not provide:
  •    treatment eg, medications, injections, first-aid
  •    physical examinations
  •    ongoing counselling for psychological or educational problems
 
Working with students, staff and parents for healthier, more  supportive school. Apart from seeing people on an individual basis, the School Based 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 and working with community and other services.
 
Who Is The School Health Nurse At Miami State High?
 
Your health nurse is Wendy.
You can make an appointment with Wendy on any Tuesday or Friday. Wendy is located in G block between the RTC and Chaplin’s office.
Appointments can be made in class time, before or after school or break times.