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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (17 September) . .

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(2) What are the duties/functions performed by the nurses in each of the special schools in the ACT.

(3) What are the (a) skills and (b) qualifications of the nurses in the special schools in the ACT.

(4) What is the range of salaries of nurses in a special school in the ACT.

(5) What is the cost of providing a nurse in a special school in the ACT.

(6) What was the cost of providing nurses in special schools in the ACT during the (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, and (e) 2014 calendar years.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The current distribution, as of 3 August 2015, of nurses in specialist schools is as follows:

      •     Black Mountain = 1 Registered Nurse (RN) level 1 based at the school and 1 RN level 2 supporting students, parents and staff at Black Mountain School

      •     Cranleigh = 1 RN level 1 based at the school

      •     Malkara = 1 RN level 1 based at the school

      •     Woden = 1 RN level 2 attending as required by individual student's care plan.

(2) The duties and functions performed by the RN level 1 include:

      •     Assisting in the development of the Education and Training Directorate's emergency care plans for the school

      •     Completing health procedures for the students

      •     Distributing medication to students (who have a current medication order), as per their prescription

      •     Documenting variations in the student's clinical record

      •     Taking care of health equipment

      •     Acting as a first aid resource

      •     Liaising with school staff and parents.

The duties and functions performed by the RN level 2 include:

      •     Assessing the student's health care requirements for school with the family.

      •     Developing individual care plans, in collaboration with ACT Health Paediatricians and the student's family.

      •     Training the Learning Support Assistants (LSA) in health care tasks for each identified student where it is appropriate for the LSA to deliver care, and assessing the LSA as competent to deliver the care and provide ongoing support.

      •     Providing ongoing support and liaison between parents and schools on healthcare matters.

(3) (a) All Registered Nurses working within the ACT Health are required to be a RN with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority.


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