“Medication” is recognized as prescription as well as nonprescription drugs and includes, but is not limited to: analgesics, antipyretics, antacids, antibiotic ointments, antihistamines, decongestants, and cough/cold preparations. Texas School Health Gudelines page 209
According to Section 22.052, Education Code, any medication administered to a student in a Texas school must have a written request/authorization from the student’s parent or legal guardian and must “appear… to be in the original container and … be properly labeled.” Written request from a parent or guardian shall contain: The student’s name; The name of the medication to be given; Date of permission and number of days the medication is to be given; Time of day the medication is to be given; and Signature of parent or legal guardian.
(See BNE Rule 217.11(3).) The RN has the authority to refuse to administer medication, which the RN believes is not in the best interest of the patient per Rule 217.11(1a). Further, the RN has the duty to clarify and question any unclear order.