Here’s a little background on how my Safe Kids coalition runs checkup events. Because we are so short on trained CPS technician volunteers for our events, we train nursing students during their pediatrics rotation. Despite being one of the busier coalitions in the country, checking thousands of seats per year through scheduled events and inspection stations, many of our technicians are trained for their jobs and we just don’t see them again; our state has one of the lowest recertification rates in the country. Training the nurses is a win-win situation really. We get 8-hour trained people helping us at our events which leaves our core of experienced techs and senior checkers to supervise them and work with families. The nursing students then take with them knowledge of the importance of properly used and installed child safety seats and boosters and they can educate their patients (and doctors!) when they graduate. Before we implemented this program, we were seeing wait times at our events of a half hour or more; now our wait times are around 10 minutes. As parents, we all know how important it is to minimize waiting around in a car seat for a child, especially when the sun is beating down on him through the window and it’s over 100° outside, regardless of whether the air conditioning is on.