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The state's supreme court allows administration by nonlicensed persons.


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After six years of litigation, the American Nurses Association (ANA) lost its fight to prevent insulin administration by unlicensed school employees in California. The ANA had claimed that allowing unlicensed professionals to administer insulin to students with diabetes would negate California's Nursing Practice Act and place students' health in jeopardy. Major opposition came from the American Diabetes Association, which had maintained that "school staff can and should be trained to provide this care when a nurse is not available." The court agreed, finding "no merit in the arguments to the contrary." Read the decision at M. Pfeifer, MA, RN, news director

Figure. Suzanne Klin... - Click to enlarge in new windowFigure. Suzanne Kline and her six-year-old son, Merrick Horne, who is diabetic, check the numbers on his insulin pump in Corte Madera, California. They were part of the court case about who can give insulin to diabetic children while in school. Photo by Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle / Corbis.