"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials." Approved by the NASN Board of Directors June 2016.
Tammy Wollbrinck, RN, NCSN
CASN President 2017 - 2018
P.O. Box 24332
Denver, CO 80224
At this time Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN) opposes HB18-1286 because administering marijuana would violate laws in place that direct our practice. Registered nurses are only authorized to administer medication as part of a directive, (order), from a provider with prescriptive authority, (M.D., D.O., N.P., P.A), and currently marijuana cannot be prescribed, only recommended. In addition, marijuana is currently categorized as a Schedule I drug and illegal at the federal level. Registered Nurses are required to follow all federal laws with respect to the medications we administer. Violating these requirements would put Registered Nurses at risk of losing their licenses. CASN believes that school nurses, should protect and promote student health, facilitate optimal development, and advance academic success. (NASN Role of the School Nurse). We follow evidence based practice and are also guided by our national professional organization, the National Association of School Nurses, position statement on this topic.
Please refer to this link Legislative Priorities for further talking points regarding HB18-1286
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