Editors: Leah Wyckoff, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN & Kathy Patrick, MA, RN, NCSN, FNASN
In Colorado, it is estimated that there are over 1,600 students who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that intensive management of diabetes helps decrease the long-term complication of the disease. Students with diabetes require special management of their health care needs at school to allow them to access the same educational opportunities as their peers and to keep them safe at school.
In August 2005, the American Diabetes Association, Colorado Association of School Nurses, Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment in conjunction with other stakeholders such as healthcare providers, parents and other community partners launched the Diabetes Care in Colorado Schools Collaborative renamed Colorado Kids with Diabetes Care and Prevention Collaborative.
The vision of the collaborative is to assure quality care and safety for Colorado’s children with diabetes within the school community.
The collaborative accomplishments include developing:
- Statewide standards and guidelines for the safe management of children with diabetes in schools
- Standardized health and medical forms to be utilized by school nurses, parents and healthcare providers
- Parent School Toolkit to assist families in educating school personnel
- Innovative Diabetes Resource Nurse Consultant Program that connects nurses with expert training in diabetes with school nurses