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School nurses now required to attend concussion training

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By Alana Cerrone

A new state law may help high school athletes who suffer head trauma during games and practices.

Legislation in Rhode Island already required school athletic coaches and volunteers attend refresher courses to stay up-to-date on recognizing concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

A new law will now expand that protocol to include school nurses.

“Our goal is to help identify concussions whenever they occur, and since kids spend so much of their time in school, there’s an excellent chance the school nurse will be the person faced with determining whether a student is suffering a concussion,” said Representative Raymond Gallison, Jr., who, along with Senator Walter Felag, Jr., sponsored this law as well as the original legislation requiring coaches to be trained. 

The law also strongly encourages teachers and teachers’ aides to take the annual training course, but does not require them to do so.

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