The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) published new Voluntary Standards for Community Children’s Nurse Education and Practice in September 2018.
So what exactly is a Community Children’s Nurse?
The latest available stats from the Information Service Division suggest there are 111 CCNs operating across Scotland in full and part time roles. This is 82 whole time equivalent posts, so it is no surprise that despite their importance to children and families, it is a relatively unknown branch of nursing.
The Community Children’s Nurse role is highly complex and requires skills in negotiating, coaching, teaching and supporting the families and carers of babies, children and young people whilst collaborating with a range of other agencies and services. Working in partnership, they enable children and young people with health needs to remain safely in the community and transition to adult services in due course.
We have brought together information from Community Children’s Nursing Teams across Scotland to help illustrate the vital work being done right now by CCNs.