State law addresses providing professional development to all school nurses.
Indiana Code 20-34-5-15 Diabetes training program
Sec. 15. (a) The department may cooperate with the state department of health in the development of a diabetes training program for school nurses. The department, with the assistance of physicians or registered nurses who are qualified in the area of diabetes training, shall provide annual diabetes training programs to school nurses. The training must include technological advances, current Standard of practice for diabetes management and training, and instruction in the following:
- (1) Developing individualized health plans for students with diabetes that follow the orders of a licensed health care practitioner.
- (2) Recognizing and treating the symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
- (3) Understanding the current Standard of practice and the proper action to take if the blood glucose levels of a student are outside the target ranges indicated on the student's diabetes management and treatment plan.
- (4) Performing tests to check glucose and ketone levels, and recording the results.
- (5) Properly administering glucagon, insulin, or other emergency treatments prescribed by the licensed health care practitioner, and recording the results.
- (6) Recognizing complications that require emergency medical assistance.
- (7) Understanding recommended schedules and food intake for meals and snacks for a student, the effect of physical activity on blood glucose levels, and the proper action to be taken if a student's schedule referred to in this subdivision is disrupted.
Indiana Expands Professional Development for School Nurses
IDOE’s aim is to reach school nurses statewide with expanded, multitiered professional development opportunities via direct communication avenues, live training events, an expanded website and sustainable, online training courses.