RCN sets out guidance for school nurses on sexual health and emergency contraception

Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 11:31
Posted by Scott Buckler

School nurses are ideally placed to provide sexual health and contraceptive advice, the Royal College of Nursing has said

In an updated position statement, the RCN sets out guidance for school nurses who are consulted about emergency contraceptives.

The RCN believes that school nurses, with appropriate training and experience, are able to assess the need for hormonal emergency contraception and, if they are a nurse prescriber, supply it.

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “This can be a crucial issue for school nurses and we hope that the position statement will provide our members with clear guidance in the years to come.”

The statement also includes a guide to the laws surrounding the provision of emergency contraceptive to under 16s, which differ in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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