Nursing students typically do not undertake clinical training in school settings. However, they are well placed to have a role in providing health screening and education in schools or community health venues under supervision of qualified nurses. This study provides a description and outcomes of a vision and hearing screening programme delivered by university nursing students working out of a student-led clinic situated in an underserved, largely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in regional Australia. Screening and follow-up data collected from 741 elementary school children indicated some important population patterns and trends, with nearly 30% having identified problems. Anecdotal evidence suggested children who gained treatment had improved school performance. Challenges to follow-up and confounding variables are discussed and a suggestion for future research is offered.
Tolchard, B., & Stuhlmiller, C. M. (2018). Outcomes of an Australian Nursing Student-led School Vision and Hearing Screening Programme. Child Care in Practice, 24(1), 43-52. https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2017.1287058