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Diabetes in Children


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Position Statements:

- Delegation (Revised June 2014)
- Diabetes Management in the School Setting (Adopted January 2012)
- Overweight and Obesity in Youth in Schools - The Role of the School Nurse (Revised June 2013)
- School-Sponsored Trips, Role of the School Nurse (Adopted June 2013) 
- Section 504 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act – The Role of the School Nurse (Adopted January 2013) 
- Service Animals in School (Adopted June 2014)

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Managing Diabetes at School: Tools for the School Nurse provides school nurses and other diabetes-trained health care professionals with sample IHPs, as well as tools and resources needed for assessment, planning and implementing the IHP. The diabetes procedures, skills checklists, delegation checklists and forms for documenting students daily diabetes management, compliment the three tiered framework for training school staff outlined in the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, updated 2010 edition. Tools for the School Nurse is a 220 page spiral manual accompanied by a disc containing forms in PDF and WORD formats, and is adapted from NASN’s H.A.N.D.S.sm (Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School) program. Learn More 

School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text, 2nd Edition 2013, Janice Selekman, DNSc, RN, NCSN
The most complete school nursing text – 1356 pages!  School nurses and pediatric experts bring you real-world-tested, best practices based on evidence and experience. Thoroughly revised and updated, the 2nd Edition reflects the art and science of school nursing today. Chapter 26, Diabetes Management in the School Setting, Sarah Butler, Tara Kaup, Mary A. Swanson, Susan Hoffmann.  Learn More

NASN School Nurse
Diabetes Articles brought to you by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Learn more

Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School (H.A.N.D.S.SM)
H.A.N.D.S.SM is a live and online continuing education full day program developed by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) for school nurses to equip the school nurse with current diabetes knowledge, and provide tools and resources to facilitate effective diabetes management for students at school.  It is presented by a School Nurse with a specific interest in diabetes and a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Learn more about the live program.
Learn more about the online course.
Access program updates

NASN Radio Broadcasts
Search the NASN Radio index for these Diabetes at School broadcasts:
- Teens with Diabetes in Transition: Supporting Self-Management
- Managing Student's Insulin Needs During the School Day
- Carbohydrate Counting for Students with Diabetes
- Managing Hypoglycemia at School

Childhood Obesity Resources
A wide variety of Web links to resources from NASN and other leading authorities on childhood obesity.
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Additional Resources

The resource information listed below in no way implies endorsement of a product or service by NASN.
No endorsement is intended or implied. 

Diabetes Awareness Program
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening condition and is often the presenting symptom of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes in youth. The symptoms of DKA are also symptoms that children who have the flu may experience and may be missed by healthcare providers. A delay in diagnosis of diabetes may lead to death. School nurses can take action and save lives, by increasing the school community's awareness of the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
Access a parent/guardian letter and poster for your health room. 
added to this site 12/30/14

Free Digital Books for Children and Families with Type 1 Diabetes
These Lilly Diabetes and Disney digital books explore real-life challenges and success stories children of all ages face in managing type 1 diabetes such as participating in sporting activities, birthday parties and other social events. Share them with your students and their families.  Access the books.
added to this site 03/04/14

Diabetes School Health Resources
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors School Health Subcommittee has developed Diabetes School Health Resources.  The information is organized in the following categories:
   Legislation, Guidelines, and State Reports
   Training Materials for School Personnel
   Educational Materials for Children and Families
   Individualized Health Plans for Children with Diabetes
Access the resources.
added to this site 04/12/13 

Free Lilly Glucagon App
The app serves as a teaching tool for school nurses and can provide guidance for treatment with Lilly Glucagon for Injection (rDNA origin) during severe hypoglycemic events. The app is designed to help people be more prepared, and also provide an opportunity to store locations and expiration dates of their Lilly Glucagon Emergency Kits. It is available on the iTunes® store as a free download.
Learn more or access the app
this content updated 10/09/13

Diabetes Report Card 2012: National and State Profile of Diabetes and Its Complications
The Division of Diabetes Translation of the CDC recently released this publication. The report uses data from 2010 to present, highlighting a profile of diabetes and its complications at the national and state level. It also includes information about prediabetes awareness, diabetes outcomes, and risk factors. 
Read the full report
added to this site 08/20/12

Web Links

The following Web sites provide diabetes management resources for school nurses.  

National Diabetes Education Program Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed - A Guide for School Personnel - Updated EditionNDEP Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed – A Guide for School Personnel 2010 Edition
(includes Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia Emergency Care Plans) 
National Diabetes Education Program

American Diabetes Association:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation

hildren with Diabetes
Colorado Kids with Diabetes An example of a collaborative partnership
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International


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