Help with steps to obtaining stock epi pens for office

  1. Hello all
    I Transitioned into school nursing this year. Feeling overwhelmed with all the info and paperwork, but getting through it.
    How and where should I start to obtaining orders for "stock" epi pens. I could not find anything in the office from the previous nurse that would guide me through the process.
    Advice please.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   halohg
    Do you have written protocols from your school districts medical director? If not call him or her? FYI Not all schools stock epis.
  4. by   dakotadenise
    I went through the epi pens for schools website. First I sent our local doctor information to see if he would give us an order. Then I wrote a policy that had to be approved by our school board (I googled and mostly copied this ). After I had that, I had Dr. fill out the paperwork from the Epi pen website and submitted it all. Quite a lengthy process, took me 1/2 a school year, but now I have them and all is going well.
  5. by   VgsNrs
    Hi!
    I am actually having an issue with how I will obtain a new script for our stock Epi Pens when they expire soon (I work in an independent school) and we have several sets on campus. How do I find a physician who will write one? The previous nurse knew a doctor personally who agreed to write the script, but I do not. Any info would be appreciated!! Thanks
  6. by   MHDNURSE
    Quote from VgsNrs
    Hi!
    I am actually having an issue with how I will obtain a new script for our stock Epi Pens when they expire soon (I work in an independent school) and we have several sets on campus. How do I find a physician who will write one? The previous nurse knew a doctor personally who agreed to write the script, but I do not. Any info would be appreciated!! Thanks
    Does your school have a collaborating physician? I know public schools do because those physicians write the standing orders for OTC meds. I would ask the principal who the school collaborating physician is and start from there. If your school does not have one, ask around. Ours is a volunteer and really, all he does is sign a document once per year authorizing OTC meds and the epi pens.
  7. by   Flare
    if your school does not have a collaborating md, you really need to get one. Public schools usually have one on a modest salary to sign papers and write orders for things like epipens ad standing orders - mine also comes in to "check my homework" on my scoliosis screenings if i find any kids that i think should be referred. Once you get a rx, you can find free epipens for schools at Mylan or even the auvi q site in you are elementary.
  8. by   VgsNrs
    Thanks MHDNurse & Flare, unfortunately no I do not have any collaborating MD's associated with the school The prev RN had a friendly relationship with a parent who was a MD so that worked out for her. I am brand new so don't have that and I have the feeling of "figure it out" from admin I may bring this idea up to them because I think it would be great, one other issue I have is having parents have a Dr sign our Med forms with OTC meds to be given while at school and they commonly leave the Dr sig blank. Thx for the info and at least I have some ideas!
  9. by   KKEGS
    We used the EpiPens for School program in my last district (I'm in a new district now and I don't know what we do here) and got 2 pens for each school. We did not have a district physician that could write standing orders. We never used them but at least we had them for unknown allergic reactions.
  10. by   Windchaser22
    Check the statutes. We are required to have a collaborating MD.

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