The documents in this section have been gathered or developed to support best practice in the School Based Health Service. They provide a range of information which can be built on over future months, and in no way reflect a comprehensive list of documents or requirements.

Guide to Employing a Registered Nurse in a Secondary School Setting

Developed by the Counties Manukau District Health Board School Health Awareness Raising Project (SHARP) team to support school principals in understanging the advantages of employing registered nurses within their school based health services. The intend to the document is to provide a guid for principals and Board of Trustess as well as for nurses who interact with young people and wish to be able to demonstrate youth appropriate care within a secondary school setting. To promote best practice, the guide is linked to national guidelines, standards of practice angt the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration.


Youth Health Care in Secondary Schools: A framework for continuous quality improvement HERE

This is a practical tool to assist those planning, funding or providing primary health care services in secondary schools to continuously improve the quality of those services.

The aim is to improve the health of youth, both as individuals and as a population, by guiding school-based health services to adopt organisational structures and processes that are effective for youth. This document provides a framework for better practice in the form of a set of principles, self-assessment checklists of quality indicators and practical strategies. The next edition will also provide case studies.

National Youth Health Nursing Knowledge & Skills Framework HERE

This document intends to provide a framework for all nurses who interact with young people and wish to be able to demonstrate youth appropriate care. We know young people find it difficult to navigate the health care system and continue to have unmet health needs.

The Knowledge and Skills Framework has been developed to assist nurses, employers and education providers to determine the skills and level of knowledge that are required by nurses working with young people.

The ASNG and the Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ) are proud to support the endorsement of this critical piece of work for nurses who work with young people.


Successful School Health Services for Adolescents. Best Practice Review HERE

The literature review was commissioned by CMDHB to inform future policy, programme and service development. The review identifies current best practice in providing healthcare to adolescents in the school setting. It is based on national and international literature available in 2005. It has been organised into four areas describing the important components of effective school health services.
• Wider engagement with school community
• Youth focus and participation
• Delivery of high quality comprehensive care
• Effective administrative/clinical systems and governance to support service delivery (Winnard, Denny, & Fleming, 2005)

Successful School Health Services for Young People HERE

A summary for service delivery for successful health services for young people has been distilled from the literature and consultation with youth health sector in New Zealand. They are designed to support the achievement of the four critical areas of success factors identified by this review (Winnard, Denny, & Fleming, 2005)

Reviewed February 2012
Updated July 2016

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