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KeeperOfTheIceRN has 4 years experience as a ADN.

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Good morning all!

Do any of you have experience writing policies? I'm beginning to feel more and more overwhelmed with the fact that I have to help develop some new policies for our district and I have no idea on where to start! I have no experience with writing policies and I haven't been able to find any guidance online or elsewhere. With the implementation of HB 496 (the Stop the Bleed training) and then Sam's Law, we have some new policies we need to develop to encompass these new laws and I feel like I don't know what to do with my hands!

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Dimple58 has 31 years experience and specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Trauma, Clinic, School.

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Hello, yes that can be frustrating but there are other schools to gather existing policies from. Our emergency operations guy informed of the stop the bleed and he has to train us nurses and want the nurses to train the school. That hasn't happened this year but it could be in a form of a video or webinar film with the wording coming from another district with it in place or the actual company information. 

Regarding the Sam's Law I found this information on Google.

Sam’s Law was named after Kilgore student Samantha “Sam” Watkins, who died in December 2016 after having a seizure. Since her death, Sam’s mother Barbara has rallied for change in Texas public schools. Tuesday’s passage means public schools will become ‘seizure smart schools', with the goal of having all public school employees in the state trained in seizure recognition and response. The free training will be provided by the Epilepsy Foundation.

The Region Seven Education Service Center — which serves 102 school districts and charters throughout East Texas — plans to be a bridge between the law and the teachers and students it will eventually help, according to Sherri Wright, the coordinator for federal programs.

So there is help available since everyone it affects will be scrambling to put a plan into place also and here are many resources available. You could let school nurse supervisors locally look it over as well

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KeeperOfTheIceRN has 4 years experience as a ADN.

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28 minutes ago, Dimple58 said:

Hello, yes that can be frustrating but there are other schools to gather existing policies from. Our emergency operations guy informed of the stop the bleed and he has to train us nurses and want the nurses to train the school. That hasn't happened this year but it could be in a form of a video or webinar film with the wording coming from another district with it in place or the actual company information. 

Regarding the Sam's Law I found this information on Google.

Sam’s Law was named after Kilgore student Samantha “Sam” Watkins, who died in December 2016 after having a seizure. Since her death, Sam’s mother Barbara has rallied for change in Texas public schools. Tuesday’s passage means public schools will become ‘seizure smart schools', with the goal of having all public school employees in the state trained in seizure recognition and response. The free training will be provided by the Epilepsy Foundation.

The Region Seven Education Service Center — which serves 102 school districts and charters throughout East Texas — plans to be a bridge between the law and the teachers and students it will eventually help, according to Sherri Wright, the coordinator for federal programs.

So there is help available since everyone it affects will be scrambling to put a plan into place also and here are many resources available. You could let school nurse supervisors locally look it over as well

Thanks for you response, Dimple! I appreciate the info you shared! I am actually pretty comfortable with the trainings that are required for each of the new laws. I've already completed my STB training and am in the process of getting my staff scheduled to be trained (not sure where you're located, but TX does not allow online training for Stop the Bleed). I've also already approached them about the Sam's Law requirements as well (still waiting for TEA to approve that training!). I'm actually located not far from Kilgore so we've been hearing about Sam's Law for a hot minute 😉

My concern is making sure I draft a policy that is correct! This is the first time (and probably not the last!) that I've been responsible for developing a policy for something so I'm just not sure where to start. I'll reach out to some of the bigger schools in my area to see if they would be willing to share what they have. Thanks for your input!

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tining has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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Have the district Risk Management & Lawyers look over too.

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