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[IPp] Fwd: How Your School Nurse Can Make A Difference in California--NOT for Californians only

Hi all,

I'm posting this for those who might not have gotten
an email from the ADA.  Whatever state you live in
--if you have a school nurse who has been cooperative
about non-medical staff members at school being
trained to help with diabetes-related tasks, your help
is desperately needed.  A safe-at-school agreement is
in danger in CA because of opposition from nurses'
groups.  It is hoped that letters from nurses at
safe-at-school plan schools can counterbalance this

Please help if you can.  Nurses' groups sank a
safe-at-school law in Illinois, my state, a couple of
years ago, so now I think the IL effort will be via
the courts, like CA.  A good outcome in CA is a win
for every child with diabetes, wherever he or she

Mom of Chris, 24, Carrie, 20, Dan, 16 dz 01 pumping
cozmo 03, aunt and guardian of Mike, 20, wife of Jim
--- email @ redacted wrote:

> From: email @ redacted
> Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 09:27:09 EST
> Subject: How Your School Nurse Can Make A Difference
> in California
> To: email @ redacted,
> email @ redacted,
>         email @ redacted,
>         email @ redacted
> Dear Friends,  
> I am sending ADA's recent action alert to you once
> again  to suggest that you 
> ask your child's school nurse to consider sending a 
> letter to the California 
> Board of Nursing no later than by Wednesday of this 
> week to share his/her 
> experiences about how delegation of insulin 
> administration and other diabetes 
> care tasks is a safe practice and  how training
> non-medical school personnel 
> enhances your school nurse's  ability to provide
> needed and timely care to your 
> child and other students with  diabetes. 
> Happy Holidays! Thanks for your help.
> Best,
> Crystal 
>  Once again, your help is needed right now to ensure
> that California  
> students are safe at school.
> As you know, this summer the American Diabetes
> Association entered into a  
> terrific settlement agreement with the California
> Department of Education (CDE)  
> to resolve a lawsuit concerning the safety and equal
> opportunity of  
> California public school students  with diabetes. 
> However, several  nurse groups 
> disagree with a key part of the settlement and are
> seeking to  prevent its 
> implementation. Please click on  the link below -
> even if you do not live in 
> California - to take  action.
> "The parents of students with diabetes do not
> understand  this issue" 
> That's what Nancy Spradling, Executive Director of
> the California  School 
> Nurses Organization (CSNO) said in a recent e-mail
> to her members  about the many 
> faxes that ADA Diabetes Advocates sent to the
> Nursing  Practice Committee of 
> the California Board of Nursing explaining why 
> trained non-medical school 
> personnel should be permitted to administer  insulin
> in school. 
> Here's what Ms. Spradling said in response to our
> Diabetes  Advocates: 
> "The parents of students with diabetes do not
> understand  this issue, and 
> have been flooding the Internet with pleas to other 
> parents with the result that 
> over 300 letters have been sent to the BRN. 
> However, only 6 letters from 
> school nurses were received."   
> CSNO is wrong.  
> It is wrong when it says that the letters sent to
> BRN were solely from  a 
> random group of uninformed parents. The letters came
> from health care  
> professionals (including nurses), adults with
> diabetes, and of course,  parents of 
> children living with this disease.  
> It is wrong when it says that there were 300 -- it
> was well over  450! 
> And most of all, it is wrong when it says that the
> parents of children  with 
> diabetes, who love their children and who have lived
> with diabetes  every 
> moment of every day, don't understand diabetes care
> and who can  safely provide 
> it. 
> It is, in a word, outrageous. 
> Here's the link to ADA's action alert where you can
> read  more and take 
> action. 
> pp39b&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1110_ 

> d=1110)  
> Hope you will take a few moments to advocate on
> behalf of  our children. 
> Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! 
> Crystal Jackson (Mom of Devin, age 17, dx  10/11/91)
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