Drugs Administered By School Nurses

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Michael White, professor and department head from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, talks about what you need to know about keeping your kids safe when they need to take medication during the school day.

Here are some tips from White:

  1. Treat the nurse with respect.
  2. Ask about the school policy on drug administration and how that impacts your child’s health. In severe allergy or asthma, the school may allow your child to carry their own medication around with them. In other cases, they won’t.  Sometimes you can specify that only a nurse of health professional can administer drugs to your child.
  3. Send in drugs that are in their original containers with the instructions clearly written out.
  4. If the drug needs to be in the refrigerator or has special handling, let the nurse know.
  5. Make sure your child knows what they are supposed to take and when.  Make sure they know what the tablet looks like, what the inhaler looks like, and not to take medicine they don’t recognize.
  6. If the drug is only supposed to be taken for a month or two, write down the date it should be stopped and retrieve the medicine on that date to prevent continued dosing.
  7. If your child is irresponsible, ask that they be contacted to come and take their medication.
  8. Make sure your student knows not to share medications with others.
  9. Go to the school and inspect the drug administration record periodically to be sure the medications are being given correctly.

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