Nurse Recruitment News: School Nursing Shortage Affects Diabetic Children

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 19th, 2013

In August the California Supreme Court ruled that school employees other than nurses can administer insulin to diabetic children. Diabetes advocacy groups said this would make schools more accessible to the children and lift a burden from their parents.

The American Nurses Association criticized the decision, saying that allowing unlicensed school employees to deliver prescription medication could be unsafe for children and undermine the role nurses serve in public schools.

All schools will now be required to allow non-licensed staff members to give insulin after proper training and with the approval of the student’s doctor. No staff members will be forced to get the training. Instead, schools will rely on volunteers, and schools won’t be required to provide a volunteer if one doesn’t step up.

Roughly 14,000 children in California have diabetes. Only 5 percent of California schools have a full-time nurse, and 26 percent of schools have no on-campus nurse at all, according to court records. Statewide, there is only 1 school nurse for every 2,200 students.

Many more children have medical issues and require prescription drugs. Easing the school nursing shortage will improve the health of our children.

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