ANA Calls for Health Protection Measures in California Schools

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Association Says California Supreme Court Decision Sets a Dangerous Precedent

The American Nurses Association (ANA) today issued the following statement attributable to ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN:

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) is extremely disappointed in the California Supreme Court’s ruling to allow unlicensed school employees to administer insulin, a dangerous drug, to children with diabetes.

From the start, ANA and ANA\California have fought to ensure that children with diabetes and other conditions that require health care services receive the level of care in school promised to them by law. This decision lowers this level of care for children who are entitled to receive health care services at school and puts them at risk for medication errors that could have severe health consequences.

This decision also sets a disturbing precedent for California and the nation. In essence, the reversal of the lower court decisions permits a state agency other than the Board of Nursing to control the scope of nursing practice. Moreover, the California Supreme Court has essentially decided that state health care licensing laws meant to protect patients can be ignored to the detriment of vulnerable populations.

ANA has been involved with this case since 2007. With today’s ruling, we will assess our options to continue this fight, including the possibility of appealing the decision to the Supreme Court of the United States. ”