Transitioning the Virtual Nursing Care for School Children With Diabetes Study to a Sustainable Model of Nursing Care


From December 1, 2010, through May 31, 2013, the South Dakota Board of Nursing conducted a pilot study, “Virtual Nursing Care for Children with Diabetes in the School Setting.” The findings from the study supported the use of the virtual nurse model of care as a safe and effective method of supervising and delegating diabetes nursing care tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP), including insulin administration. This article provides an update describing the 2014 changes made to the nursing delegation rules, the protocol established for registered nurses using the virtual nurse model of care, and the training program for UAP providing diabetes nursing care.

Linda Young, MS, RN, FRE, BC and Gloria Damgaard, MS, RN, FRE
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Distance Education, Patient Safety, Practice, Regulation, Research, Transition to Practice
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