Employment Considerations

When you are ready to change there are several employment considerations you should consider. Dr. Danny Barringer did his dissertation project on the key areas Athletic Trainers should condsider before making the move.

Employment Consideration

The Problem:

The Athletic Trainer applying for a job did not know what to ask and what to look for.

COVID really underscores the need to know and clarify the expectations of your job

Three main employment consideration models: 

School District

Outreach

PRN

Source of Funding

School District – city/state/federal level

Are you going to be teaching anything?

Does the school only need to cover the stipend?

Outreach

Typically from a hospital

Are you an at-will employee?

Will you be furloughed?

PRN

Usually, funding comes from the school district to the third party.

Job Expectation

School District – 

The AT knows the hours are long but usually has summers off.

May have to supervise student aides

Outreach

Hours are usually better regulated

But typically working year-round (finding more business)

Mileage?

When are you on the clock, when you leave the house or arrive on site?

Supervision of PRN ATs

PRN

Much more freedom of schedule

Consider who will keep the documents and records

Varying policies and procedures between sites

Human Resources

School District – 

Teaching with stipend

A clinician with or without teaching responsibilities

Summer camps

# of days on contract

Stipends

Benefits

Outreach

HR may not know what you do and who you are. 

Make sure you have liability and physician oversight

Stark Law/referrals

PRN

  • No benefits / HR Access
  • Liability and physician orders are on your own

Immediate Supervisor

School District

  • Typically and Athletic Director (hopefully we are moving away from this)
  • Principal
  • Superintendent

Outreach

  • You could be reporting to a clinician
  • Maybe a CEO or CFO
  • Contracted Schools ADs

PRN

  • Physician
  • Tournament Director
  • School AD

Location Specific Nuances

School District

  • Rural vs. Urban
  • Physician/clinical staff

Outreach

  • Clinical space access
  • Multiple offices

PRN

  • Could but constantly changing

Contact Us:

Dr. Danny Barringer

Jeremy Jackson

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PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

Donate and get some swag (like Patreon but for the school)

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free, and support the podcast.

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