Volumne 12, Issue No. 1
February 4, 2014

In the States

Diabetes Care in Schools

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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.