If you are a parent of a small child with diabetes, you are very familiar with the constant worry associated with the daily care good diabetes management requires. Having a child with diabetes means having to worry about how the blood sugars are doing, or even if glucose levels are actually being checked, among other things. When parents are faced with the diagnosis of diabetes in their child, a barrage of concerns flood their mind. While they question their own ability to provide the necessary care to their children when they are in the safety of their own home, but now they must rely upon school nurses and staff to take over while the child is in school. It is imperative that the child have the necessary resources for good diabetes care during school hours, and having a well prepared staff requires training in the management of diabetes to ensure that good care is delivered.
This training should include the basics of diabetes which includes what it is, and how to identify the typical emergencies commonly seen with the disease. At school it is the nurse who is in charge of the care of the children and it is his/her responsibility to ensure that others are trained to take over in those instances when a nurse is not available. Thankfully the American Diabetes Association has implemented the Safe at School Campaign that is committed to making sure that all children with diabetes are safe from a medical aspect. For more information on the Safe at Scholl Campaign, visit their website at www.diabetes.org/safeatschool.
A good resource to utilize would be a Certified Diabetes Educator in your area who would be willing to come and teach the nurses and staff about diabetes and its management. Keeping our children safe in all situations is important to everyone and parents should be able to relax when they send their children off to school each day knowing that the nurses and staff members providing care are well equipped to do so.
Helen A. Jenkins BSN, RN, CDE