The ministry of Social affairs and Health guides and regulates school health care in Finland.
School health care is intended for all public school pupils and it aims to promote pupils health, wellbeing and development. Work is done together with parents, teachers and other school staff.
School nurses are often attending smaller schools on a part-time basis and are not permanently available on the school premises. If a pupil has an infectious disease or ailment; such as head lice, scabies or a pinworm infection it is of the uttermost importance to inform the school nurse, as it could have implications for the whole school community.