Supreme Court Decision on Insulin Injection Shapes the State’s Use of School Nurses

The California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week that public schools have a right to allow unlicensed — but trained — school personnel to administer prescription medication to children was fueled partly by necessity.

There’s a dearth of school-based nurses in California to administer insulin to children. As diabetes and obesity among children have risen, the number of school nurses in California has decreased.

That’s where the discussion turns into a chicken-or-egg debate. Nursing advocates say the problem isn’t a lack of nurses but a lack of state funding for nursing positions. They say the shortage was created by the state’s layoffs and non-replacement of school nursing jobs over the past two decades.

The ruling by the state’s seven-judge Supreme Court does not necessarily shut the door on the issue. Advocates are considering an appeal to federal court.

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