The American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nursing organization, is pleased to announce a significant victory on the issue of allowing unlicensed personnel to administer insulin in California schools. The California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District upheld the decision of the trial court that allowing unlicensed school personnel to administer insulin violated California laws, including the California Nursing Practice Act.
“This is a victory for patient safety. ANA and our state member, ANA/California, undertook this case with the California School Nurses Organization, to assure that the schools provide safe health care by licensed nurses to diabetic students, which is what the law requires. Budget woes cannot excuse compliance with the nurse practice act and the student’s right to a public education in a setting that accommodates their health needs,” said ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. “We are gratified the higher court has affirmed the lower court’s ruling. ANA remains deeply committed to ensuring safe, quality healthcare for students and our continued support for the California Nursing Practice Act in its intent to protect the public.”