In New York State (NYS) approximately 50,500 children under the age of 19 visited the emergency department for traumatic brain injury, of which 3,000 were hospitalized in 2009 (New York State Public High School Athletic Association, n.d.). A law was passed in NYS that took effect in the summer of 2012 called the Concussion Prevention and Management Act to address this significant issue.
As part of this law, schools are required to have a Concussion Prevention and Management Team to work towards decreasing the number of students who incur a concussion, and to manage the student at school to avoid long term effects from concussions when they do happen - it is vital for School Nurses to be on that team. The intention of this program is to enhance the knowledge of the School Nurse in order to be as effective as possible to meet the goals of the team.
Presented by:Lucille Contreras Sollazzo, BSN, RN-BC, NPD