Yikes! I was so furious when I originally posted I think I didn't make myself too clear on the situation. I don't DO the physicals, I just check the kids off saying that they HAD physicals. We have a school NP (not an MD) and she does PEs for us. We also allow students to go to their private MDs to get physicals. When we are doing PEs here at school, I help with the BPs, urine dips, hts and wts only. I'm not the one doing the actual exam.
Do you think that I should still be concerned about medical liablity when all I'm doing is signing a paper that says they HAD a PE? I thought that wasn't too much of a big deal but I'd like your opinions.
Anyway, I was really asking about what your procedures are. Do you only have one day a year where kids must show up for PEs? We do them before every sport starts during the school year and we do one day over the summer for the football players. Our PEs are good for a year too but a lot of the kids never get them. My point was, should I wash my hands of the whole thing and let the AD worry about who is eligible and who isn't? Isn't the liability ultimately the coach's if a kids drops dead on the field b/c he had an underlying cardiac condition and it wasn't found b/c he never had a PE? My job description doesn't go any further in regards to sports physicals than saying the nurse is responsible for scheduling sports physicals. My problem was agreeing to do more than that. I admit, that was totally my fault and won't be happening next year. I was new and was trying to be a people pleaser...my bad.
So for all the nurses that said that their PEs are good for a year, my question is this: Do you maintain a list of athletes that have had PEs or does the AD do that? Do the coaches come to you to check if their athletes are ok to play? How involved is your role when it comes to sports PEs?
Hey sorry for being so all-over the place...I really do have a legit excuse...I'm 12 weeks pregnant! So please forgive my hormonal rages