Ok, many of you already know that I am a new school nurse. My biggest pet peeve has become sports PEs. The nurse that worked at my school before retired before I was even hired so I was never given any orientation or advice as to how to do ANYTHING.
I would appreciate any advice any of the middle/high school nurses could give me on the best, most efficient way to get sports PEs accomplished. The AD at my school is, well, let's just say, a few sandwiches short of a picnic and has been little or no help. Apparently, the old nurse was something of an "enigma" and nobody has any clue how she went about things.
For example, when a student played a sport in the fall and had a PE and wants to play a spring sport what is the procedure at your school. They have me "re-checking" every athlete, checking their blood pressure and making sure they haven't been injured between seasons in any way. I give the student a slip of paper to then give to their coach to let the coach know that they are ok to play. First of all, this method is just not working for me. All the kids seem to wait until the last second and I end up spending half the day rechecking kids. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the coaches seem to not really care who is cleared and who isn't and are letting kids practice who haven't had PEs AT ALL. Is this just happening at my school? Isn't this a huge liablity issue? What are all of you doing at your schools to prevent this?
I thank you for any and all suggestions you can give me! AAAACCCKKKK!
PS. I'm in NY so if anyone knows any of the laws or State ED rules about this stuff or where to get info that would be great!
This is so odd because all of my kids played sports and the school paid a Dr. to do the physicals. I would not want the liability in saying someone is healthy to do sports. Outside the scope of practice. what if you sign they can play and they fall over dead of sudden cardiac arrest and the family says, you said it was okay. Tell your school that some of the schools in Ohio have a Dr. do the physicals at the school one afternoon or the kid can see their own Dr. to sign off. Your being put in a crappy spot I think. JMHO.
Last edit by renerian on Mar 4, '03