SAN DIEGO — In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, speaks with Sarah Butler, MSN, RN, CDE, NCSN, director of diabetes and nursing education for the National Association of School Nurses about what school nurses should know when they have a child with type 1 diabetes in their classes and steps parents must take to ensure the safety of their children with diabetes when sending them off to school.
Butler emphasizes that it takes a team to keep a student healthy, safe and ready to learn. That team is led by the school nurse as a care coordinator between health care provider, family and school. Parents must provide the school with health care provider orders describing what diabetes-related tasks need to be performed in school. Next parents should meet with the school nurse and principal to help lay out the plan. The goal is to keep the student in class as much as possible and to allow the student eventually to self-manage diabetes.