California schools can administer insulin without licensed nurses, court says

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"California law expressly permits trained, unlicensed school personnel to administer prescription medications such as insulin in accordance with the written statements of a student's treating physician and parents," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the California Supreme Court.

The unanimous decision was a defeat for the powerful California Nurses Assn., which had argued that only licensed healthcare workers could administer medicine under a state law that bars the unauthorized practice of nursing.

The American Nurses Assn. called Monday's ruling "a disturbing precedent for California and the nation."

"This decision lowers [the] level of care for children who are entitled to receive healthcare services at school and puts them at risk for medication errors that could have severe health consequences," the association said.

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