How Frequent Should You Provide Training

Written by Terri Brinston
July 12, 2023
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How do you make a pot of coffee? I don’t drink coffee often, but when I do, I want it to be rich with flavor and not too dark, and not too transparent. I know exactly what I like to see as I pour it into my mug and the steam rises, and its warmth gently kisses my face, while this amazing aroma comforts me.

Ok, I like coffee! But for years I could never get it right. I mean how much water, how much coffee grains? It never turned
 out the way I liked it. My husband makes great coffee, but no matter what I do, I could never make it like him. After wasting many pots of coffee I eventually, somewhat, got it! It is true; practice makes perfect.

The Importance of Frequent Staff Training

When administrators ask me about staff training and frequency, I always think about my coffee-making woes and how many times it took me to make an ok pot of coffee. Unfortunately, school administrators only want to know about the minimum requirements.

This is truly disappointing when you consider the fact that medical skill training can be complex; especially in Implementing best practices over minimum requirements is important.

As a medical professional with over 20 years of experience, I must think about someone in a medical emergency. their signs and symptoms, the safety and ability of the people around me, and the list goes on and on. When delegating a medical skill to a nonmedical professional, I don’t mind telling you that I take it quite seriously. When I provide training to a nonmedical professional, I am taking my years of experience, practice, and knowledge and trusting a nonmedical professional to understand and deliver quality support to a child who is in a medical crisis. When a child is in a medical crisis everyone panics., It is overwhelming and quite stressful for everyone. Every situation is different, and you must respond accordingly. Current and frequent training will prepare school staff to deal with the unknown. It also gives staff an opportunity to share their stories while receiving current strategies and tips.

I must admit
, I do get a little irritated when providing training to people who are a little too confident because they have a family member with the same disorder that I am training them in. Although it is good when my students have basic knowledge of a medical condition. In most cases, they have just enough knowledge to make them dangerous. Their experience is based on a specific type of patient with very particular parameters.

Why the Minimum Requirements for Staff Medical Training Are Not Enough

I wish I could give you a magic number for all training, but for the most part, the law is not very specific when It comes to training requirements and frequency, so you must rely on other factors. Administrators must consider more than minimum requirements when determining the frequency of medical skill training.

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Consider the following:
What are the laws and requirements for the training? 
How often will your staff use the skills learned by the training? 
What type of person is receiving the training? 
What is the cost of training?

When you consider the utilization of the skill, it’s important to embrace the “practice makes perfect” concept. Hopefully, your staff is not being bombarded with 4 four and five kids having asthmatic attacks each week. With that said, the less they are exposed to a disorder, the more exposure they will need to the skills required  to support that disorder. When you think about your staff receiving the training, you need to consider their willingness and their personality. Some people just can’t handle it. If you assign a person who is too high-strung and emotional, they may not be able to carry out the required task. And lastly, the cost is a considerable factor, but remember, you get what you pay for. Johnny’s mom may be an RN, and free, but does she have the skills and ability to deliver the type of training that you need? You must consider their area of practice and their ability to teach.

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Understanding the MHSAA Requirements: A Coach’s Responsibility

All varsity, junior varsity, and 9th-grade head coaches are mandated to maintain a valid CPR certification, a requirement tracked by the school athletic director. This certification is on par with meeting risk management course requirements for assistant and sub-varsity coaches. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) requires athletic directors to confirm these certifications each season through

Failure to meet these requirements before the specified deadlines can have significant consequences. Coaches who fall short risk being prohibited from coaching in that season’s MHSAA tournament for their respective sports. Furthermore, they won’t be allowed to be present at the facility where the tournament involving their sports team is held.

Comprehensive Solutions for CPR Certification with My School Nurse

Navigating these requirements can be a daunting task for athletic directors and coaching staff. Enter My School Nurse, a pioneering solution dedicated to making CPR certification seamless and convenient for high school coaches.

Convenient Training

My School Nurse understands the demanding schedules of coaches. Our CPR training programs are tailored to your team’s availability, ensuring minimal disruption to your coaching staff’s busy calendar. We bring the expertise directly to your location, making the certification process convenient and efficient. We also provide blended learning options. An approach that combines online with physical place-based classroom methods. This reduces training scheduling time.

National Outreach

While we specialize in meeting the specific requirements set by MHSAA, we encourage athletic directors in other states to review their individual state requirements. My School Nurse extends its comprehensive on-site and blended learning CPR training services nationwide, ensuring that coaches across the country can benefit from our expertise

Conclusion: Prioritize Safety with My School Nurse

In the fast-paced world of high school sports, ensuring the safety of both athletes and coaches is non-negotiable. My School Nurse not only facilitates compliance with MHSAA regulations but also extends its commitment to safety and well-being to coaches nationwide. Schedule your on-site CPR training with My School Nurse today and prioritize safety on and off the field.

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