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Court rules school employees not restricted from giving insulin


The California Supreme Court has ruled that trained school employees can administer insulin shots to diabetic students when a licensed nurse is not available.

CSEA is working to determine what steps can be taken to protect classified employees and their rights in light of the ruling. Employees who are asked to administer insulin by an employer should contact their CSEA labor relations representative or their CSEA field office.

The California Supreme Court’s decision overturned a lower court’s decision that said unlicensed school employees could not give shots except in emergencies. The American Nurses Association had sued the California Superintendent of Public Instruction saying that a Legal Advisory Statement issue by then-Superintendent Jack O’Connell permitting unlicensed school employees to volunteer to administer the medication violated the Nursing Practices Act. The American Nurses Association said it plans to appeal the California Supreme Court’s decision.