CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

October 1, 2012

Wallace State Pediatric Nursing Classes receive grant to support participation in KidCheck clinical screenings


WSCC Media Relations

HANCEVILLE — A grant to the Wallace State Alumni Association from the KidCheck Plus program at Sight Savers America will provide pediatric nursing classes with new equipment to use during health screenings at area schools.



The funds, provided to SSA KidCheck through the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, will be used to purchase an electronic otoscope and an electronic stethoscope, valued at $1800, for Wallace State.



"The KidCheck program would not be what it is without Wallace State," said Laurie Stewart, SSA KidCheck Plus Program Manager.  "We are so appreciative of our partnership in this initiative."



With support from SSA KidCheck, Wallace State’s Nursing Department and the Blount County Board of Education provide free health screenings to Blount County school children each fall and spring semester with the intent to see all children within an 18 month period.  The program has been in place since 2001, with additional support from Caring for Kids, Alabama Power Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Verizon among others.



“KidCheck is an important part of the NUR 106 student’s pediatric clinical experience," said Glynda Hardin, Wallace State pediatric nursing instructor and member of the SSA KidCheck state steering committee. “The new devices provided through this grant will allow users to see behind the ear canal and to hear the heart beat in detail, even above the noise in a gymnasium.”



The KidCheck program was initially formed by former Governor Bob Riley in 2007, serving as a initiative of the Alabama Rural Action Commission.  In February 2011, KidCheck became a department under Sight Savers America and is now SSA KidCheck.



For more information about the Wallace State nursing program, visit wallacestate.edu.  For more information about SSA KidCheck, visit http://sightsaversamerica.org/kidcheckplus.