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Battle Over Who Can Give Insulin in California Schools Ends

Pfeifer, Gail MA, RN, News Director

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 9 - p 15
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000434158.69890.16
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The state's supreme court allows administration by nonlicensed persons.



After six years of litigation, the American Nurses Association (ANA) lost its fight to prevent insulin administration by unlicensed school employees in California. The ANA had claimed that allowing unlicensed professionals to administer insulin to students with diabetes would negate California's Nursing Practice Act and place students’ health in jeopardy. Major opposition came from the American Diabetes Association, which had maintained that “school staff can and should be trained to provide this care when a nurse is not available.” The court agreed, finding “no merit in the arguments to the contrary.” Read the decision at—Gail M. Pfeifer, MA, RN, news director

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