Faculty Publications

Title

An Investigation of School Playground Safety Practices as Reported by School Nurses

Document Type

Article

Keywords

age-appropriate design, fall surfacing, playground equipment maintenance, playground safety, S.A.F.E. Model™, supervision

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Journal of School Nursing

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

138

Last Page

144

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate school playground safety practices. The study used a purposeful sample of school nurses who attended a playground safety workshop at the 2006 National Association of School Nurses annual conference. Seventy-five questionnaires were distributed, and 64 useable questionnaires were returned. The responses indicated that little attention is being given to providing safe playground environments in schools as measured by best practices of supervision, age-appropriate design, fall surfacing, and equipment maintenance. Participants pointed to the need for better supervision and supervision training, careful selection of age-appropriate equipment, maintaining adequate fall surfaces under the equipment, and ensuring that equipment is properly maintained and repaired. The study also revealed that school nurses believe they could play a role in playground injury prevention through the collection and analysis of injury data, communication to administrators about the need for comprehensive planning of the play environment, and becoming active members of playground safety committees. © 2008, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1177/1059840511223344

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