What School Nurses Really Do: Realizing the Power of School Nursing in Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsHealth in SchoolSchool NursesSchool Nursing

December 19, 2018
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

School nurses can play a critical role in advancing child and adolescent health — including expanding access to care for many children. However, laws across the country do not yet recognize the importance of school nurses, and only one state requires a full-time registered nurse in every school.

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Mandatory Reporting of Attempted Suicides

Legal Technical Assistance HighlightsMental Health and Well-Being

December 6, 2018

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2016 alone there were close to 45,000 deaths from suicide, roughly one death every 12 minutes. In an effort to better measure the full impact of this significant public health issue, many jurisdictions require mandatory reporting of both suicides and attempted suicides. A health officer whose state was considering mandatory reporting of attempted suicides recently contacted the Network for assistance in finding examples of other states or jurisdictions where such mandatory reporting is required.

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Federal Court Recognizes State Employment Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients

Law & Policy InsightsCannabis Legalization and Regulation

November 30, 2018
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

Recently, a federal district court in Connecticut diverged from precedent to rule for an employee whose medical cannabis use resulted in a blatant rescission of a prospective job offer. According to the court in Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., d/b/a Bride Brook Nursing & Rehab. Ctr. (Bride Brook), Connecticut’s legal protections from discrimination for employees lawfully using medical cannabis are not barred by contrary federal legal provisions. The holding differs from prior state court decisions finding that employers generally have no duty to accommodate medical cannabis patients.

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