Pre-Nursing Students Offer Vision Screenings at Schools

Health Services is one academic option students can
learn about at the GCS Choice Showcase

"Elementary and middle school students are lining up for a free vision screening at their school, provided by health science students at Northwest High.

Throughout the month of October, and into November, pre-nursing students at Northwest High are performing vision screenings at various schools. The work provides assistance to school nurses and allows the high school students to gain valuable experience in the health field.

“They’re trained in what to look for, and if there are any concerns they notify the school nurse for a follow-up,” says Patsy Long, medical careers teacher at Northwest High. “The experience allows them to practice skills of communicating with young children as well as monitoring for vision disorders.

The high school students arrive at the schools by 7:30 in the morning to set up the screening stations and are ready for their first patients by 8 a.m. So far they have screened more than 3,000 students in 15 elementary and middle schools.

“I really like working with the little kids, and it is something I want to do when I get older,” says Katelyn Durham, a senior at Northwest. “I like knowing I can help a kid see the board better and give them a better future.”

Health Services is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) cluster available at several GCS schools. The courses provide students with the skills and knowledge for careers in therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics support services and biotechnology research and development. The students also have the opportunity to earn professional certifications before they graduate high school.

“Several of my nursing students are working towards becoming certified nursing assistants,” says Long. “That professional certification will certainly help set them apart when they’re applying to college nursing and pre-med programs.”

The last two vision screenings of the year will be held on Nov. 4 at Colfax Elementary and on Nov. 12 at General Greene Elementary. To see a video on the vision screenings, click here.

GCS offers 14 different career clusters through the CTE department, in addition to 46 magnet programs and choice schools. Parents and students can learn all about the various academic options GCS offers at the 2015 Choice Showcase which will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

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