May 19, 2009


Nursing Students Check Schoolchildren at Health Fairs

The Northeast Alabama Community College nursing students recently participated in the Alabama KIDCHECK program endorsed by Governor Bob Riley and Chancellor Bradley Byrne. The health fairs were conducted at Dutton, Rosalie, Hollywood, and Bridgeport of Jackson County and DAR and Douglas in Marshall County. The NACC nursing students were able to screen approximately 450 children in Marshall County and approximately 800 children in Jackson County. This was the first time that the nursing students and school systems of Marshall and Jackson counties have participated in this program. This will be an annual event and more children will be screen next year. The program was a feature story on WHNT-TV Channel 19 in Huntsville.

"It was a great learning experience for our nursing students," said Dr. Cindy Jones, Director of Nursing Education at Northeast. "The nursing students checked blood pressure, heart rate, lung sounds, height and weight to determine nutritional problems, visual screens, and an examination of their mouth and teeth. It was a wonderful opportunity for the nursing students to interact with the children in the community. This experience might even influence these children into becoming nurses," continued Jones.

For more information on the Nursing Program at Northeast, call 638-4418 or 228-6001, ext. 216 or go to Health Science Division.

Rosalie Elementary School was one of the KidCheck locations staffed by NACC Nursing Students (L-R, seated) Paige Liles, Whitney Tolbert, Justin Wright. Standing with NACC Nursing Instructor Janet Gardner (second from left) are elementary students Haley Lacy, Brandon Conner, and Madison Manning.