School Nurses’ Familiarity and Perceptions of Academic Accommodations for Student-Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion

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Journal of School Nursing


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 <.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 =.210, p <.001), 504 plans (r =.243, p <.001), and individualized education plans (r =.205, p <.001). School nurses employed at a single school were significantly more familiar with academic accommodations (p =.027) and 504 plans (p =.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.

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