Quote from AdobeRN
Besides diabetics seizure kids what other medical condition would have doctor ordered meds that would be required for student to attend school??
I'm not sure what those other conditions might be, but in case they're out there, I wanted to include them!
Quote from nursekoll
This is an exclusion under the nurse's discretion that the student would not be safe to be at school due to lack of necessary supplies ordered by a Dr. If you have a Dr order and diagnosis. If it's just heresay that the student has XYZ diagnosis and uses ABC medications, then more investigation is warranted in the form of release from parent so you can contact the Dr directly. Get your administration involved if needed, for the safety of these students.
This part of the problem I've been facing since starting this job. I feel like staff (who are not me) have been quick to try to exclude kids because of lack of so-called "emergency meds". I say "so-called" because these meds are only parent-reported, and I have no MD documentation stating they need to be kept at school. Staff tell me this has been my program's policy for two reasons: 1) exclusion is sometimes the only way we can get a parent to bring a med in (100% true); 2) by not having the med on-site for the student, staff claim we are somehow depriving the student of a necessary accommodation for their safety and well-being, so we have to exclude them until the accommodation is made. Ok, I can sort of see what they're trying to say, but some kids are missing days worth of school, sometimes just for an inhaler that they used once a year and a half ago! Besides, it's totally on the parent, not us, that this is happening with the kid.
Unless it's an epi-pen, or albuterol for a severe asthmatic, I'd like to give some families more leeway with bringing in the med before excluding. Like reminder phone calls, warning them about calling 911 if we have no meds available to give the child, etc. I just hate to see kids miss school. I guess I was wondering if anyone else finds my program's rationale a little extreme.