Frequently Asked Questions:
As school health nurses we get asked lots of different things that may be worrying young people. Below are some of the most common questions with some answers.
How can I contact my School or College Health Nurses, and where can I see them?
Every Secondary school or college has a school nurse – ask your school receptionist, pastoral or welfare lead or check the school website. If you still can’t find a school health nurse call 01865 904225 or email SHN.Oxfordshire@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk If you don’t want to see them at school there are other offices where you can see them confidentially.
Will they tell my parents/carers/teacher/ what I discuss with them?
Anything you tell the nurse is confidential unless it is something that puts you or others at risk – then they will have to share it with someone for your safety. They will discuss this with you before they do so.
Can I get free contraceptives from the school and college nurses?
Yes, if your school has agreed to it. All contraceptives are also available free from Sexual health services or your GP.
Does the School Health nurse know other people that can help me?
Yes, a school health nurse knows all the other services available to help and is able to refer you on where they think it will help to support you.
My wishes are different from my parents, does that mean I cannot have my immunisations?
If you can show that you are able to understand the implications of having a vaccine you are able to consent for yourself.
Can someone help me stop smoking?
Yes, and give you regular support and treatment, or liaise with the practice nurse at your doctor’s surgery to help you.
I want to lose weight and get fitter
Your school nurse can help and has lots of ideas, tips and tools to to support you.
My boyfriend/girlfriend is threatening me – where can I get help?
Your school nurse can give you lots of support and help with this issue.
I feel so miserable, can my school health nurse help?
School nurses are trained to help with emotional health, and can refer you to specialised services if you need it.
I have to care for my disabled mum (or parent/carer/sister/brother) – where can I get help?
Young carers are entitled to special support; let the school nurse know what is happening and they can help you to get the right support.
My spots are getting me down, is there anything that will really help?
Definitely YES! The school nurse will have lots of ideas and know where to get help and treatment that will make a difference.
I like to smoke weed but some of my friends say it’s harmful – where can I get some real information?
Your school nurse knows the right agencies to help you, and can give you accurate information on the risks to your health.