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Iowa Central Nursing Students Unite in Prevention of Blindness

    by Iowa Central Information
    Posted on 5/1/2017

Iowa Central’s Maternal Child nursing students gained valuable experience this spring semester by performing vision screenings for children at Cooper Elementary School, Fort Dodge and St. Mary’s School, Humboldt. In collaboration with the Iowa Coalition for the Prevention of Blindness, Christel Becker, Nursing Faculty, has worked with the above schools to allow the Maternal Child nursing students to complete vision screenings for school-age children. Iowa law had changed this year and now requires school nurses to complete vision screenings for all kindergarten and third grade students. This has been a challenge for school nurses to complete. As long as a licensed nurse teaches the students proper methods and supervises while administering the test, the nursing program can partner with the schools to allow Iowa Central’s nursing students to conduct the screenings. Iowa Central will be required to track and report numbers to the state as well.

Currently, Iowa Central nursing students have screened a total of 277 children with 77 of these children being referred to an eye doctor. The Nursing students not only gain knowledge about vision screenings, but learned communication skills with children as well as teamwork.