Parents of food allergic children rely on their school nurses when it comes to keeping their children safe at school. The trouble is that school nurses don't always feel they have the tools to protect children with food allergies.
A recent study reported in The Journal of School Nursing reveals weaknesses in these areas:
emergency plan development
developing guidelines for banning foods
planning school trips
The school nurses surveyed indicated a willingness to gain more knowledge in these areas. Their preference was that this be done via video and internet resources through professional organizations.
As more and more children are diagnosed with food allergies, it is imperative that our school nurses have the education and tools they need. Who is filling this need?