School nursing

With APNA membership, school nurses thrive in their careers.

APNA is the peak body and professional membership association for all nurses working outside of a hospital setting in Australia—like the nurses who work in schools.

School nurses play a critical role in maintaining the physical and mental health of children and adolescents. They often act as the first touchpoint for children and adolescents experiencing issues with their health, and are positioned to assist in the event of an emergency at the school.

What’s it like being a primary health care nurse working in a school?


APNA membership for school nurses

School nurses who are APNA members receive: up-to-date education and resources; the latest industry news and guidelines; communities, expert advice and support; and career tools and professional benefits. 

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Specific APNA member benefits for school nurses

Online Education

Enrol in over 30 courses relevant for school nurses, either FREE or discounted for members—including courses on Asthma, Wound Management, Adolescent Fertility, Basic Life SupportSTI and Blood Borne Viruses, Mental Health & much more. 

Community and Networking

Connect with other school nurses at networking events or via the APNA Online Community. After all, no one understands school nurses better than a school nurse. 

Expert Support and Advice

Receive one-on-one support from experienced nurses on APNA’s Nurse Support Line. If you’re having trouble with a clinical issue, have a question about asthma management, or want to understand the career pathways for a school nurse—we’re only a phone call away.

Educational Events - Workshops, Webinars and Festival of Nursing

Learn, connect and re-energise alongside other school nurses at the annual APNA Festival of Nursing, with a variety of education sessions for school nurses. Don't want to wait? We run a number of educational workshops and webinars throughout the year perfect for school nurses.

News and Resources

New developments in school nursing? You'll be the first to know with an email alert sent straight to your inbox. Or you can stay up-to-date with clinical developments via our Nurse Know-How video series or the APNA Knowledge Hub.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Protect your livelihood and career. APNA has negotiated cost-effective Professional Indemnity Insurance for its members which covers school nurses for anything within their scope of practice. 


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The Essential Role of School Nurses in Primary Health Care:
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