Honors Nursing Fundamentals, a two-period CTE course offered by Northwest, allows students who are currently seniors to become CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants). The year-long process to become certified is rigorous, as students are required to serve as a CNA intern for at least 40 hours. For the past eight weeks, the Nursing Fundamentals class has performed vision screenings at nine elementary and middle schools across Guilford County. Senior Ioana Scalco, who is currently enrolled in the class, has enjoyed volunteering through this program.
“We get to screen kids’ eyes and make sure their vision is okay,” Scalco said. “If not, we refer them to possibly get glasses.”
The twenty students in the Nursing Fundamentals program have practiced various skills and techniques in order to be properly trained to perform these tests.
“We got professionally certified through a class from Prevent Blindness at the beginning of the year,” Scalco said. “We also practiced on each other a lot to (prepare) for the vision screenings.”
Through these experiences of volunteering, these students are able to explore their interests in the medical field. By interacting with hundreds of children in their community, they are given the opportunity to learn how to interact with future patients.
“There’s often a language barrier with the kids we work with,” Kayla Peters, a senior in the Nursing Fundamentals program, said. “We have to learn how to listen to the kids and understand them when they’re confused.”
As the class is currently finishing the remainder of their vision screenings, they are preparing to acquire the rest of their required 40 hours of volunteer work.
“We’ve all learned so much from (this class) already,” Peters said. “We really have gotten to help people in our community.”