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.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. (n.d.). Standards of care for direct care staff and allowable tasks/activities. Boise: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Idaho State Board of Education. (n.d.). Standards for school nurses. Retrieved August 21, 2002, from http://www.sde.state.id.us/most/Nurses.htm.

Idaho Statutes, Title 54 Professions, Vocations, and Businesses Chapter 14 Nurses. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2004, from http://www3.state.id.us/idstat/TOC/54014KTOC.html.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Special Education law. Retrieved March 5,
2004 from http://www.adda-sr.org/idea.htm.

Ignatavicius, D. (2000). Asking the right questions about medication safety. Nursing.

The article addressed learning how to ask the right questions to safeguard your practice as a nurse. All examples occurred within a medical setting with some specific directions to address medication administration for the elderly. The article summarized the five rights of medication administration (right patient, drug, dose, time, and route). It also guided the nurse to utilize others (i.e., pharmacist, other nurse, head nurse, physician) to validate medications and dosages and discuss possible problems. For a nurse in a hospital setting, the article would be a good refresher.

Igoe, J. (1990). National guidelines for the administration of medications in schools. Denver: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

This article identified the problems and issues associated with administration of medications in schools, including liability and fear of litigation. The report set forth several recommendations for eventually instituting a uniform medication policy for school systems throughout the country. The goal supported school nurses as managers of the process with trained paraprofessionals designated to dispense medications. The author suggested the responsibility for establishing practice standards are functions of the professional associations and organizations that represent the school and health professionals involved and therefore recommended the development of the model medication policy should become the responsibility of a quality assurance consortium of education and health groups that represent school health.

Illinois Department of Human Services & Illinois State Board of Education. (2000). Recommended guidelines for medication administration in schools. Quincy, IL: Author.

Incorporating Health-Related Indicators in Education Accountability Systems. Council of Chief State School Officers.

Indiana Code, IC 25-23-1, Licensing of Nurses (n.d). Indianapolis: Indiana State Board of Nursing.

Indiana Code IC 34-30-14, Health Care: Immunity of Certain Persons Who Administer Medications to Pupils at Schools. (n.d). Retrieved July 26, 2004, from
http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title34/ar30/ch14.html.

Indiana Department of Education. (2000). New student services rule 511 IAC 4-1.5. Retrieved July 26, 2004, from http://www.doe.state.in.us/sservices/pdf/StudSvcsRuleHlthSvcs.pdf.

Indiana Code Chapter 14. Health Care: Immunity of Certain Persons Who Administer Medications to Pupils at School. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2004, from http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title34/ar30/ch14.html.

Indianapolis Public Schools. (n.d.). Medication Guidelines. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Public Schools.

Individual education plans for students with disabilities: Fact sheet from the Minnesota Disability Law Center. (2003). Retrieved November 30, 2004, from http://www.lawhelp.org/documents/110121706.html?stateabbrev=/MN/.

Injectable medication administration. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2004, from http://www.ode.state.or.us/groups/supportstaff/hklb/schoolnurses/injectablemeds.pdf.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (August 2004). A medication error trifecta! Medication Safety Alert! Nurse Advise-ERR. 2,2: ISSN 1550-6304.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. School Handling of Medication. Retrieved March 13, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/consumer/school.html.

These are recommendations for policy for handling and dispensing medications.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (January 24, 2000). Discussion Paper on Adverse Event and Error Reporting in Healthcare. Retrieved August 6, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/Pages/concept.html.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (March 2004). Medication Safety Alert! Intimidation: Practitioners speak up about this unresolved problem. Part I. 2,3.

Institute for Safe Medication Practice. (2002). Medication Safety Alert! It’s time for a new model of accountability. http://www.ismp.org/pages/surv062801.html.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (March 8, 2000). Medication Safety Alert! A multidisciplinary team is essential to medication error reduction efforts. Retrieved June 25, 2002, from http://www.ismp.org/MSAarticles/multidis.html.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (February 20, 2003). Medication Safety Alert! It’s time for standards to improve safety with electronic communication of medication orders. Retrieved March 13, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/MSAarticles/ImprovePrint.htm.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (June 12, 2002). Medication Safety Alert! What’s in a name? Ways to prevent dispensing errors linked to name confusion. Retrieved March 2, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/MSAarticles/NamePrint.htm.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (August 7, 2002). Medication Safety Alert! Accidental childhood acetaminophen overdoses illustrate our responsibility to educate parents. Retrieved March 2, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/MSAarticles/AccidentalPrint.htm.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (June 6, 2002). Pediatric Pharmacy Medication Safety Guidelines Seen as Important Step in Reducing Medication Errors. Pediatric Nurses Group Endorses Guidelines. Retrieved March 2, 2003, from http://www.ismp.org/PR/PediatricPharmacyGuidelines.htm.

Iowa Acts, Chapter 6, Nursing Practice for Registered Nurses/Licensed Practical Nurses 655—6.1(152) to 655—6.6(152). (2000). Retrieved August 19, 2002, from http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/2003/iac/655/6556/6556.pdf.

Iowa Department of Education. (2001). School health services. Health Promotion Initiative Newsletter, 15, (1).

 

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