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Insulin Administration at School

O'Brien, Laura

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 11 - p 12
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000407283.17255.e0
Letters

Laura O'Brien

Rockford, IL

"Battle Over Unlicensed Volunteers Giving Insulin in Schools" (In the News, August) raises an important topic: a child requiring insulin administration may need people other than the school nurse to give the injection.

I'm currently in my senior year of a bachelor of science in nursing program, but I used to teach in a high school and junior college. Some students carried insulin pumps and were able to self-administer injections. But what about the younger students?

When the school nurse is unavailable, other adults with proper training should be allowed to administer insulin injections. It's a potentially life-saving skill akin to the ability to perform CPR.

Laura O'Brien

Rockford, IL

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