Diabetes in Children

NASN Resources

Books and manuals

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.  

Position statements

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 delegation tools and resources on this website.

National Association of School Nurses (2017). Diabetes management in the school setting (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

National Association of School Nurses (2013). IDEIA and section 504 teams - The school nurse as an essential team member (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

National Association of School Nurses (2018). Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in schools - The role of the school nurse (Position Statement). Silver Spring, MD: Author.
   See also childhood obesity tools and resources on this website.

National Association of School Nurses (2018). School-sponsored trips - 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.


Chronic Health Condition Management: A online resource supported in part by Cooperative Agreement Number, DP16-1601 NU1ADP003090, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School (H.A.N.D.S.SM)
This program can be hosted as an in-person, continuing education, full-day program or completed online. It equips 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.

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

NDEP School Guide

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed – A Guide for School Personnel - Updated 2016
NASN is among the supporting organizations and was a member of the writing and review team of this 2016 resource.  It is a comprehensive online resource that provides evidence-based guidance for diabetes management in schools.  Learn more and access this valuable resource.

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 Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know

A 13-module training curriculum from the American Diabetes Association. Added to this site 09/12/17.

Training Resources from the American Diabetes Association

Training and support materials that can prepare and educate school staff to provide needed care to students with diabetes. Materials include a toolkit designed for use by a school nurse. Added to this site 09/12/17.

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. Added to this site 12/30/14.
Parent/guardian letter.
Poster for your health room

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. 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; and
   Individualized Health Plans for Children with Diabetes. 
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. Content updated 10/09/13.

Diabetes Report Card 2012: National and State Profile of Diabetes and Its Complications

This publication comes from the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. Added to this site 08/20/12.

Web Links

The following websites provide diabetes management resources for school nurses.  

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

National Diabetes Education Program: Diabetes in Children and Teens (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 November 2016.