Why letting unlicensed school workers give insulin devalues nurses

06/13/2013 | HealthLeaders Media

The American Diabetes Association, along with other health groups, has argued that unlicensed school employees in California should be allowed to administer insulin shots to children with diabetes, but doing so would devalue and cheapen the nursing practice, HealthLeaders Media managing editor Alexandra Wilson Pecci writes. A court case in the state could have implications for school nurses around the nation, said Maureen Cones, associate general counsel for the ANA. "If the ADA prevails and the decision is overturned, it will give license to any state to allow unlicensed personnel to administer insulin," Cones said.

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