Diabetes in Children
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.
NASN School Nurse diabetes articles
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.
National Association of School Nurses (2014). Delegation, Nursing Delegation to
Unlicensed Assistive Personnel in the School Setting (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
See also Nursing Delegation in the School Setting, tools and resources from NASN.org
National Association of School Nurses (2012). Diabetes Management in the School Setting (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
National Association of School Nurses (2013). Overweight and Obesity in Youth in Schools - The Role of the School Nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
See also Childhood Obesity, tools and resources from NASN.org
National Association of School Nurses (2013). School-Sponsored Trips, Role of the School Nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
National Association of School Nurses (2013). Section 504 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act – The Role of the School Nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
National Association of School Nurses (2014). Service Animals in School (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
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.
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
- Guide to New Insulin Technologies
- 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
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. The free app is available for Android® and iOS.
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
The following Web sites provide diabetes management resources for school nurses.
NDEP Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed – A Guide for School Personnel 2010 Edition
(includes Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia Emergency Care Plans)
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
American Diabetes Association:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation
Children with Diabetes
Colorado Kids with Diabetes An example of a collaborative partnership
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Page Last Updated October 2015