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.
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:
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?
Typically from a hospital
Are you an at-will employee?
Will you be furloughed?
Usually, funding comes from the school district to the third party.
School District –
The AT knows the hours are long but usually has summers off.
May have to supervise student aides
Hours are usually better regulated
But typically working year-round (finding more business)
When are you on the clock, when you leave the house or arrive on site?
Supervision of PRN ATs
Much more freedom of schedule
Consider who will keep the documents and records
Varying policies and procedures between sites
School District –
Teaching with stipend
A clinician with or without teaching responsibilities
# of days on contract
HR may not know what you do and who you are.
Make sure you have liability and physician oversight
- No benefits / HR Access
- Liability and physician orders are on your own
- Typically and Athletic Director (hopefully we are moving away from this)
- You could be reporting to a clinician
- Maybe a CEO or CFO
- Contracted Schools ADs
- Tournament Director
- School AD
Location Specific Nuances
- Rural vs. Urban
- Physician/clinical staff
- Clinical space access
- Multiple offices
- Could but constantly changing
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