As the parent of children in elementary school, I recently received a call from the school nurse who reported that one of my kids was sick. I was impressed with the professionalism and competence shown by the school nurse.
When I was in the nurse’s office, with children as young as age 5, I noticed how careful school nurses must be to make sure that these young children receive only the appropriate medicines. The nurses must make their decisions based upon their knowledge, training and experience, and must carefully consider the prior authorizations and advice given by the parents who might have anticipated school house illnesses of their children.
The Maryland State Department of Education has adopted policies regarding the role of school nurses as developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (“AAP”).