Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools - May 2005

(Updated: September 2005)

Maternal and Child Health Section graphic of an outline of a parent with a child in the middle of the outline of Minnesota.

Support from the Literature with Selected Annotations for the Minnesota Medication Administration Guidelines for Schools.

Edina Public Schools, Health Services. (June 2004). Administration of medication during the school day. Edina, MN: Author.

Education Commission of the States. (2001). Identifying the factors, conditions, and policies that support schools’ use of data for decision-making and school improvement: Summary of findings. Denver: Education Commission of the States.

Emergency guidelines for schools. (n.d.). Bismarck: North Dakota Department of Health.

Enhanced school health services. (n.d.). Baltimore: Maryland Department of Public Health, Family and Community Health.

Environment and Human Health, Inc. (2000). A survey of the prevalence of asthma among school age children in Connecticut. North Haven: Environment and Human Health, Inc.

Essential school health services guidelines. (1999). Denver: Colorado Department of Education.

Experts urge more vigilance when staff provide medications for treating ADHD.
(February 16, 2001). The Special Educator, 16, 13.

A University of Iowa study found serious problems in the procedures schools use to administer medications to students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Fifty percent of school nurses surveyed have reported medication errors, primarily missed doses. These errors occurred even when the school nurse had access to written guidelines. Schools should be very concerned and correct this problem. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that all areas related to children must be staffed by quality personnel.

Excerpts from the medical practice act of the Code of Virginia relating to nursing. (2004). Retrieved July 26, 2004, from http://www.dhp.state.va.us/nursing/nursing_laws_regs.htm.


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