Nursing students, faculty fill gap to keep kids healthy

Originally posted on February 17, 2011 on the UAB News blog

Today, UAB School of Nursing child health nursing students packed up their class and took it on the road, so to speak. The students, along with faculty members Dr. Janice Vincent and Pam Bryant, spent the day checking the height, weight, vital signs and vision of the 220 K-4 through 8th grade students who attend Birmingham’s Cornerstone School, in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

The K-4 and K-5 students, the first groups to be checked, happily moved from station to station, meeting the nursing students before flipping their wrists over to have their pulse checked, sliding on a blood pressure cuff, stepping on a scale and reading the letters on an eye chart.

The screenings, Vincent said, began several years ago as part of the KidCheck program started by former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. Though the program no longer exists at the state level, Vincent and her class are doing what they can to make sure it continues at Cornerstone.

“I have committed to keep the KidCheck initiative going,” Vincent said. “It is important that health concerns of all children, especially those at risk, are identified early in their school years so needed referrals can be made for these children.”

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