|For the past several years, one of the first community projects for senior Health Technology students has been to help the local school nurses perform hearing and vision screenings for students from kindergarten through high school. All students must be tested by Nov. 1 and the job is overwhelming for one nurse.
Vantage Health Technology senior Samantha Stose (St. John’s) administers part of the vision test to Lexi Doner at the Van Wert Early Childhood Center during kindergarten screenings.
Vantage students were trained on how to use the audiometer to test hearing and the Snellen charts for vision screenings. They also test for color blindness. So far, the senior Health Technology students have helped with the Van Wert kindergarten screenings, the Crestview Elementary and the Lincolnview screenings.
In addition to the hearing and vision screenings, the Vantage students also help take and record the height and weights of the elementary students. This experience for the Health Technology students is not without its challenges. One of the biggest has been helping the elementary students who do not speak English as a primary language understand the test and getting an appropriate response from them.
The school nurses, Theresa Whittington from Van Wert City Schools, Sandra Grooms from Crestview Local Schools and Candi Elliot from Lincolnview Local Schools have been very appreciative of the student help.
“The senior Health Technology students have ranked this experience as a ‘10’ as far as learning a health related skill and being able to apply it in ‘real life’,” Vantage senior Health Technology instructor Reesa Rohrs said.
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