There is no doubt that the mother should have provided the proper documentation in order for her son to be able to use his inhaler at school. Having said that, a lot of my time is spent calling or e-mailing parents and practically begging them to bring items to the clinic which would be needed by their child in an emergency situation. I'm like a dog with a bone ... I don't let it go until I get what I should have. If a parent marks on the emergency health form that their child will need an inhaler or EpiPen at school, I don't stop hassling them until I have it. This past school year, I had 19 EpiPens for students who had severe food allergies or bee sting allergies and I had 37 inhalers for students with asthma. I once had to ask the principal to intervene because I could not get the (divorced) parents of one child to bring in an EpiPen for her nut allergy. Each parent wanted the other to do it. I don't give a s#!t which parent brings it ... just bring it already!
shouldn't the mom provided proper paperwork? I mean the nurse was an idiot, but the mother seems to not accept responsibility for not giving the school permission as per policy.
Just as I have trouble with parents bringing in the medications, I also have trouble with them picking them up at the end of the year. I have over 100 medications for students that are kept in my clinic each year (Tylenol, cough syrup, Ritalin, EpiPens, inhalers, etc.) Beginning three weeks prior to the last day of school, I place a weekly notice in our school newsletter that all medications must be picked up by the last day of school or they will be discarded as I am not allowed to keep them in the clinic during the summer months. Because EpiPens are so expensive, I also personally e-mail those parents to remind them and, if I don't get a reply to the e-mail, I call them. One child in our middle school was unable to go on an overnight field trip (camping) because his mother never brought an EpiPen for him. That particular nurse involved her principal, too, but the mom just couldn't get with the program.