The Journal of School Nursing, Ahead of Print.
As states legalize medical cannabis, school nurses face increased parent questions about administration at school. Although school nurses frequently collaborate on the development and implementation of medication administration policies, their perceptions of barriers to school-based medical cannabis administration are not well-documented. To explore these perceptions, we surveyed school nurses (n = 379) in sixteen states about their beliefs related to school-based medical cannabis administration policy development. Findings revealed school nurses from states completely legalizing cannabis expressed significantly fewer concerns about the safety, stigma, and federal status of medical cannabis than their peers in more restrictive states. Implications for practice include (a) education of key stakeholders, (b) collaboration with stakeholders to formulate medication administration policy; and (c) development of state-level guidance for school professionals.
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