My daughter uses an inhaler to control her mild to moderate asthma. At the beginning of the term, I gave a rescue inhaler to the school nurse, along with the prescription from the doctor and a signed authorization saying that I consented for the nurse to administer the medication to my daughter as necessary.
My daughter's asthma has been kicked up this week, probably because our condos are being painted and the fumes trigger her coughing. So yesterday, I got a call from the school helth clinic, and it was the nurse asking if she should administer the inhaler. I said yes, of course, that's why I had sent one to school, to be used as needed. I signed an authorization form. But she said she had to call and ask, and she wanted me to authorize the use of the inhaler every day for the next week. I did, but I don't know if the medication will be necessary for that long because my daughter's coughing may subside. It's really a day-to-day thing.
So. If I sent in the inhaler and authorized its use as needed, why am I being called to consent to each use? What if I'm not home? Why can't the nurse exercise her professional judgment and give the medication as needed? Aren't her hands tied, professionally, if she has to call and ask me each time? Why did I sign the blanket authorization then? I would be perfectly willing to let the nurse do her job. That's what she's there for. I'm really confused by all of this.
Answer by Crafty26 at 4:43 PM on Aug. 30, 2013
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Answer by ChasingBridges at 5:44 PM on Aug. 30, 2013
I think it's a courtesy call more than anything else. I assume she won't have to administer the inhaler for your Daughter if she doesn't ask to go to the Nurse or her Teacher doesn't think she is acting like she needs it & sends her to the Nurse. My Son goes to the Nurse at least once a week for all sorts of things from a paper cut to him hitting his head. The Nurse called me once because he poked himself in the eye with his own finger & it was very red. She rinsed his eye & let him rest in her office for a while. She called me to tell me what happened so when he got off the bus & his eye was still red I wouldn't be worried. BUT! Definitely make sure the School has your Cell phone & your SO's as well in case of emergency.
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 6:43 PM on Aug. 30, 2013