I work private duty, and I go to school with my client, who is in high school. The client has a trach, which means he has to have a nurse instead of an aide (agency policy, not the school district's). He goes to a few classes and some therapy. I thought it was odd that my client didn't have an individual classroom aide, like some of the less disabled students I've seen. Today, I found out why.
I finally got a look at my client's IEP (Individiual Education Plan), and realized that I'm expected to provide instruction! I'm supposed to do a few things every day and see how my client responds. I had no idea. I'm a nurse, not a teacher. I've read books to my client, asked questions (the client uses a switch to communicate, though not well), and put on music, but I'm not sure what else I'm expected to do.
Is this the norm for Private Duty nurses in school? I like the job otherwise, but I'm wondering if I'm being taken advantage of.
Nov 5, '10
Oops! They forgot to mention that little detail to you when they had the IEP meeting? Sorry, but having personal experience with these things it's very easy for them to allow a child to fall through the cracks while the school gets the Special Ed bucks for not doing jack. :-/
I would request a meeting with the Principal of the school, who is required to either be at, or send a qualified representative to the IEP meeting. If you are being asked to tutor the child 1:1 while he is in school you should have been a participant at the planning stage and I would say that unless they spell out exactly what you are expected to do and exactly what they are expected to do they can lump it.
These things are so detailed with intervention/goal analysis from every department and the butcher the baker and the candlestick maker they can't possibly mean to say " just go teach the kid ummm. . . something-- you make it up! We will have no clue how to evaluate the effectiveness of your intervention but oh well!"
I would also run it by your agency to see if they have a policy regarding that - and if so - maybe taking a look at some age-appropriate homeschool curriculums would give you some ideas assuming he does not have a delay there, too.
Last edit by traumaRUs on Nov 5, '10
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