I'm a school nurse at a small rural school (143 kids K-8) and totally new to school nursing. One of the students has a migraine action plan (written by mom) that includes giving essential oils topically or inhaled, himalayan salt for the student to mix with some water and drink, accupressure
, Advil liquigels (mom provides the salt, oils, meds) and then the usual stuff of rest, low lights, reassurance etc.
Is this legit? I have the school form that the parent signs and it looks like our school has had this in place for this child for 3 years. I asked the previous nurse and she said it was just to appease mom and just not to do anything I wasn't comfortable with. Hmmmmm.....
Welcome to school nursing!
OK, so...in Texas, my BON prohibits me from using treatments that are not FDA-approved/evidence-based. Even with a doctor's orders (which you don't have) I would decline to touch the child, mix the salt, or provide an oil that might cause a reaction in another child who might be sensitive to the smell of lavender/lemon balm/etc. Do I have a problem with alternative medication? No. Do I have a license that limits my delivery of that to someone else's kid? Yes.
The Advil is evidence-based. Ice pack and darkened cot are supportive. Good luck!
Last edit by ruby_jane on Oct 19
: Reason: *alternative, not alternate*