ERIC Number: ED459569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Safe Health Care: The Role of Educational Support Personnel.
This handbook is written for the educational support person (ESP) who may or may not be a trained or licensed health care provider, but whose job has come to include caring for students with disabilities with special health care needs. Section 1, "The Laws Governing the ESP and the Care of the Student with Special Health Care Needs," discusses the legal precedents that have made our schools more inclusive, and the legal requirements surrounding health-related services in schools. Section 2, "Protocol for the Care of Students with Special Health Care Needs," outlines the chain of command for providing health-care in local districts, both as it is, and how it can be improved. Section 3, "Training ESPs To Administer Medication and Perform Health Care Procedures," discusses a recommended curriculum for ESP training that includes the five rights of medication administration, a focus on the individualized nature of health care, documenting medication administration or health care procedures, proper protocol for emergencies, storing medication, and information about legal issues. Section 4 outlines strategies for fostering local and state policy changes. The handbook closes with a glossary, a resource list, and the National Education Association's policy on do not resuscitate orders. (Contains 16 references, 19 resources, and 29 endnotes.) (CR)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Curriculum Design, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Legal Responsibility, Medical Services, Medicine, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Protocol Analysis, Related Services (Special Education), School Aides, School Health Services, Special Health Problems, Staff Role, Teacher Aides, Training Methods
National Education Association Professional Library Distribution Center, P.O. Box 2035, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-2035 ($10.95). Tel: 800-229-4200 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.nea.org/esp/resource/safecare.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Support Staff
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.