Nursing Services: PRIVATE DUTY NURSING IN SCHOOLS

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Leah: My almost-3YO daughter with severe medical and neurological disabilities will be transitioning into the school district next month when she turns 3. The school says her private duty nurse cannot be at the school, but that they will provide an “aide” to be with my child and the school will have a nurse on site. I met with the “nurse” who did not have any clue about the medical equipment my daughter uses (ventilator, trach, G-tube, feeding pump, catheters, etc), much less an unlicensed aid who has no qualifications for caring for my daughter. We get 16 hours of nursing care a day because she requires qualified medical staff to be with her at all times. The school district does not want to allow this despite the fact that I am willing to sign a waiver of liability. Is there anything I can do?

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mickey

I am having the same issue here in Ohio. My 4 YO receives 45 hours per week private duty nursing. The school says they will not allow her on the basis of liability. I am furious because should something happen to my child (seizure or breathing/low O2 status), he needs immediate skilled nursing. I am not about to wait for the school to find the district nurse, wait for her to come, trust her assessment, etc. I would think it would be an even greater liability if her own nurse is not permitted to care for him. What rights do we have?

Chuck

If you have not already contact the district special ed director. If they are saying no, I suggest contacting your state parent training and information center for advice. Sometimes if the district will participate in mediation, they can realize that they need to do this for everyone’s benefit. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

alan

I am writing regarding my daughter with severe health issues that have been grossly neglected from our school district and IEP team members. Our daughter has an LVN at school due to Epilepsy and other medical challenges. Her LVN’s have been given inappropriate policies/guidelines in order to block communications between parents and LVN’s. We are being retaliated against at the expense of our daughters health and emotional well being. We have a history of disturbing and relationships with our school district. We did go to due process a couple years ago. Damaged relationships are not even ‘workable’ any longer. We cannot send our daughter to school w/out legal guidance at this time.

Chuck

I suggest contacting your state parent training & information center. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/ Also google nurses or private nurses on the homepage of this website.