School Nurses Case Goes Before California Supreme Court

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ANA is the lead plaintiff in a case before the California Supreme Court that will determine who is qualified to administer insulin in schools. Previously, two lower courts ruled that the California Department of Education’s (CDE) effort to sidestep the state’s Nursing Practice Act and allow unlicensed personnel to give insulin to children in schools was unlawful, but the American Diabetes Association and others appealed the decision. Oral arguments will begin on Wednesday, May 29. The case has national implications for nursing practice and the standard of care for children who are entitled to receive health services at school.  ANA anticipates a decision within a few months and will provide more information once the decision is handed down. Co-plaintiffs include ANA\California (ANA\C), the California Nurses Association and the California School Nurses Organization (CSNO). The National Association of School Nurses and other organizations have filed amicus or “friend of the court,” briefs with the California Supreme Court in support of ANA.