National School Nurse Standards for Practice

Friday 9th March, 2018

The ANMF invites all nurses who practice in school nurse settings to participate in reviewing the revised draft National School Nurse Standards for Practice.

In 2009 the Victorian School Nurses Special Interest Group of the then Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) published a set of professional practice standards specifically for nurses working within a school setting. Following a request from the authors of those Standards, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Federal Office used the Victorian document as a base for adapting the Standards for national applicability. School nurses from across the country participated, through our Branches, in a period of consultation during 2010/11, with the resulting National School Nursing Professional Practice Standards being published in 2012.

In 2015 the ANMF began a process of review of the National School Nursing Professional Practice Standards. Extensive feedback from school nurses suggested significant change to the national professional standards for contemporary applicability, reflecting the diversity of school nurse roles and settings across the country.

Professional standards developed by different groups within the nursing and midwifery professions sit alongside the mandatory registration standards issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The NMBA has moved in recent years to use the terminology of ‘standards for practice’ for all previous competence standards documents, for example, Registered Nurses Standards for Practice. The draft revised standards document developed by the ANMF from school nurse feedback has, therefore, been titled National School Nursing Standards for Practice. (Access a copy of the revised draft document here. Please note that the survey questions also contain this information)

The ANMF is wanting as many school nurses as possible to review the revised draft National School Nursing Standards for Practice and provide your feedback. A SurveyMonkey questionnaire has been developed to make it easy for you to do this and submit your response – Please encourage your school nurse colleagues to complete the survey.

If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact the ANMF Federal Office on

Thank you for your assistance in revising these professional standards.