Congress had a rough year in 2013 with debt ceiling talks, sequestration, and ultimately a government shutdown. Luckily for us, Congress was friendlier to nursing issues than to each other. With the beginning of 2014 upon us, the ANA Government Affairs team wanted to take a minute and let you know how far we have come in the first half of the 113th Congress and how we can go even further, with your help. Here are updates on our top legislative items:
Many of you watched as ANA and ANA/California filed suit against the California Department of Education for asking non nurses to administer insulin to students in the absence of a school nurse. While the CA Lower court’s decision affirmed a belief that students are entitled access to a school nurse and administration of insulin is much more than the just the task of giving an injection, the final decision rendered by the Supreme Court was disappointing. The final ruling overturned the lower court’s decision and was largely predicated by a section of CA statute that stipulates, physicians may delegate nursing functions without violating the Nurse Practice Act. And now we are seeing other states introduce bills that permit trained school staff and volunteers to provide diabetes care in the absence of a school nurse.