Steven Miller has commenced as a volunteer NPAQ Branch Secretary for Department of Education, SER. The State Schools Nursing Service aim is to ensure students with chronic health conditions have access to education along with their peers and ensure their condition is not a barrier to education.
Steven works as a Clinical Nurse based at the Logan City Special School in an itinerant role providing service to 20 schools in the Logan region.
The service is available to all students attending the state schools system with a chronic health condition and works on a referral basis from the students’ school. The nursing staff assess the need for service and if accepted will develop health plans in consultation with students health care team and parents/carer that direct school staff as to the management of the child condition whilst attending school. In addition, the nursing service provides training to staff around the management of conditions such as asthma and anaphylaxis.
Steven said one of the more rewarding aspects was seeing a child thrive and succeed in their education journey who otherwise may not have the same successes in life had they not been able to safely access education without the support of the service. He sees schools nursing as very rewarding and feels fortunate to be part of a team that practices in such a varied and rewarding work environment.
Steven is also fortunate to work part-time as a Registered Nurse in Paediatric ICU at the QLD Children's Hospital and enjoys the variety of managing critically unwell children through to those who are usually well in the school.
The three issues he will be focusing on are:
- Nursing consultative forum representation
- Workplace equality for all nursing staff (knowing EB entitlements, fair and equal workloads)
- Ensuring NPAQ members have a voice within the Department of Education.