I would very much like to know the laws permitting the administration of inhalers, epi pens or any OTC medications to students. I am transitioning to school nursing and would like further clarification of scope of practice.
Thank you for providing the highlighted section of NH RN Scope of Practice.
just a longtime concern, all documents and updates or reviews should and need to be dated. It helps immensely with the time used to research an issue.
I think that the confusion here is that the BON document posted on January 29th, 2020 is well after the other document. The guidelines document that does support OTC with parent permission unfortunately is not dated.
In the absence of a school nurse coordinator, NHSNA will be in touch with the DOE and BON and ask for clarification. Stay tuned..
New Hampshire School Nurses Association
Your interpretation is incorrect. Please see here.
Good Morning Fellow School Nurses,
Reading the updated (January 29,2020) RN Scope of Practice on the NH Board of Nursing website I found this:
Activity - Administration of OTC meds without provider order
With in RN Scope of Practice - No
Comments - Facility policies should address self-administration. RN may not diagnose and prescribe medications for administration of OTC meds without provider order
Here is the link -https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing/documents/rn-scope.pdf
If I am reading this correctly, we need Provider Medication Order to administer OTC medications, meaning signed parent permission only is not enough. Anyone have thoughts on this? Would a standing order from a district physician be sufficient?
Krista Provost-Tate, RN
Nashua High School North