October 7, 2009


NACC Nursing Instructors Recognized by Governor for KidCheck Service

Nursing instructors at Northeast Alabama Community College recently attended a KidCheck Appreciation Ceremony with Governor Bob Riley at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. Governor Riley recognized school systems, nursing schools, and state partners involved in KidCheck during the 2008-2009 school year. The nursing students at Northeast Alabama Community College provided health screenings to children at Douglas Elementary and DAR Elementary in Marshall County; Collins Elementary of the Scottsboro City School System, and many schools in Jackson County. Approximately 450 children in Marshall County and 800 children in Jackson County were screened. This service provided the nursing students with many hours of pediatric experience and free health screening for the children. The nursing program at Northeast is planning to include more schools in the 2010 KidCheck health screening.

This is part of Governor Bob Riley’s KidCheck initiative that is being led by the Alabama Rural Action Commission (ARAC). Governor Bob Riley said “The KidCheck Initiative is an important way of ensuring good health for Alabama’s students. This is a great way to find any health problems early so they can be effectively treated. I am pleased to have the Scottsboro City and Jackson County schools involved in the initiative.”

Students participating in the event received height and weight measurements, BMI, vision screenings, heart and lung sounds, blood pressure screenings, and dental exams by nursing students of the Northeast Alabama Community College. Other partners in the KidCheck events include ALL Kids, Sarrell Regional Dental Center, Collins PTO, Wal-Mart, Dr. Mark Reece, Dr. Sam Holland, Dr. Alex Holland, Highlands Medical Center, Brenda Miller, Scottsboro City Schools Community Education Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Alabama Department of Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity Division.

For more information on the Nursing Program and activities telephone the college at extension 216, or go to Health Sciences Division.

Pictured at the KidCheck Appreciation Ceremony are (L-R) Joan Davis, Acting Chancellor, ACCS; Jane Hopson, LPN Coordinator at NACC, Governor Bob Riley; Wendy Hastings, School Nurse Supervisor, Scottsboro City Schools; Donna Bruce, NACC Nursing Instructor; Janet Gardner, NACC Nursing Instructor; Dr. Cindy Jones, NACC Director of Nursing Education, and Dr. Joe Morton, State Superintendent of Education.
Governor Riley presents certificate of appreciation.