ERIC Number: EJ1054917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
School Nurses' Familiarity and Perceptions of Academic Accommodations for Student-Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion
Weber, Michelle L.; Welch, Cailee E.; Parsons, John T.; Valovich McLeod, Tamara C.
Journal of School Nursing, v31 n2 p146-154 Apr 2015
The purpose of this study was to evaluate school nurses' familiarity and perceptions regarding academic accommodations for student-athletes following sport-related concussion. School nurses (N = 1,246) accessed the survey School Nurses' Beliefs, Attitudes and Knowledge of Pediatric Athletes with Concussions (BAKPAC-SN). The BAKPAC-SN contained several questions pertaining to concussion management and academic accommodations. There were significant differences regarding personal experience as well as familiarity of academic accommodations (p < 0.001) between school nurses who work at a school that employs an athletic trainer and school nurses who work at a school that does not employ an athletic trainer. There were significant weak positive relationships between years of experience and familiarity with academic accommodations (r = 0.210, p < 0.001), 504 plans (r = 0.243, p < 0.001), and individualized education plans (r = 0.205, p < 0.001). School nurses employed at a single school were significantly more familiar with academic accommodations (p = 0.027) and 504 plans (p = 0.001) than school nurses employed at multiple schools. Health care professionals should collaborate to effectively manage a concussed patient and should consider academic accommodations to ensure whole-person health care.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Familiarity, Attitudes, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Athletes, Head Injuries, Neurological Impairments, Surveys, Individualized Education Programs
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