Delaware Legislature Expands Exception for Self-Administered Medication
Senate Bill 257, enacted June 14, 2012, revises Title 24, section 1921(17) of the Delaware Code, governing an exception to the Delaware nurse licensure obligations, to read:
Educators, coaches, or persons hired or contracted by schools serving students in kindergarten through grade 12 who assist students with medications that are self-administered during school field trips and approved school activities outside the traditional school day or off-campus that have completed a Board of Nursing approved training course developed by the Delaware Department of Education.
The import of this exception is that certain school personnel, other than a state-certified nurse, may assist students with the self-administration of medication without committing the unlawful practice of nursing. This revision includes coaches and persons hired or contracted by schools serving students in kindergarten through grade 12 among those persons who may assist with the self-administration of medication to a student. The revision also provides for the assistance of medication during approved school activities outside the traditional school day and off-campus activities.
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