Re "On insulin, court sides with common sense" (Editorials, Aug. 15): The California Supreme Court's decision to allow schools to give students insulin injections and other medications without the supervision of licensed healthcare providers is a step backward for our children's health and safety and sets a dangerous precedent for children in the rest of the country.
Nursing in this country is regulated for a reason. Insulin and other prescribed medications can be serious and even life-threatening if not administered correctly. Unlicensed healthcare providers simply do not have the same education, qualifications, and responsibilities that licensed professionals possess.
As nurses and patient advocates, we are opposed to the ruling because it places children -- among the most vulnerable of our patient population -- in harm's way by lowering the standards for the care that they are entitled to receive. Children deserve quality care from licensed healthcare providers.
-- Ingela Dahlgren, RN, Camarillo, Executive Director, SEIU Nurse Alliance of California,