Quote from Jolie
To be honest, I am far more concerned about another part of your post than whether or not you can or should educate teachers about diabetes.
If I understand correctly, you hold an RN license, and your job title is “Nurse Paraprofessional.” You also mention that you administer IV medications as part of your duties. That concerns me. Please check your job description carefully. Most Nurse Paraprofessionals are not licensed healthcare providers and so job descriptions typically restrict the types of medications that paras may routinely administer in non-life threatening situations. It seems unlikely that the job description of a para would include IV medication administration, unless yours was specially written to accommodate your professional licensure.
I understand the limitations of funding and realize that a paras are necessary to supplement the limited presence of the RN and LPN in schools. But I am concerned that your district is attempting to “use” your expertise without compensating you and possibly without providing you with legal backing in the event of an untoward event.
I was wondering about that too. The term "paraprofessional" here is a fancy way of saying "aide". As in teacher's aide or health care aide.
Regardless of whether the OP cares about compensation, I am concerned about the legalities of this job position's definition and the fact that the OP is a Registered Nurse.
I have "paras" working with me but they are not licensed in anything (medical or educational).
Regarding the teaching of diabetes - if you are just teaching the teachers signs and symptoms to watch for, then yes I see no reason not to teach that.
But if you are teaching them to care medically for the student, I'd have a problem with that.
In California until recently, only licensed medical folks could give insulin. A court case went to the California Supreme Court (I have a thread on this in this forum). It may go to the Federal Supreme Court. In the meantime, the school nurses for the most part have decided NOT to teach volunteers to give insulin and the teachers have refused to be taught to give insulin . . they are busy enough without having to do medical care.